Transfers 06.06.2016

Unbelievable reinforcement - Calder and Gagarin cup winner joins the Bears

Francis Pare is the new addition to Zagreb’s Den

To the already known part of the 2016./2017. KHL season team, Medvescak has added another player, born in the suburbs of Montreal. During the past few days Medvescak fans were engaged in #jointhestory project in which, on the grounds of given clues, they were trying to guess who the player is. After numerous attempts, they will for sure not be disappointed because a big hockey name is coming to the Den.

The Canadian forward Francis Pare has started his professional career with 5 years spent in the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he soon became a fan favourite. After leaving for Europe, he played twice for the Finnish side TPS (a half-season each time), from where he comes to the Den, he also has KHL experience with the teams Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Traktor Chelyabinsk and Slovan Bratislava.

“Francis is a very well rounded two-way forward. Has proven he can score at the KHL level and also brings the type of character we are looking for.  Had a great second half of season last year in Finland where he was one of top goal per game players in league. We expect him to be a top 6 forward and bring a lot to our lineup,“ Aaron Fox, Medvescak's sports director said.

Pare brings with him a great deal of experience in being a part of a winning team two consecutive seasons in two different leagues. In his fifth year as a Griffin and in his last game in North America, he lifted the Calder cup high above his head. In the playoffs through 24 games he notched 12 points and his favourite one was the one that brought the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Final.

He continued his next season in similar fashion when he moved to European ice. This Canadian center, who plays equally well on the wings, was brought to Magnitogorsk to join the team that would win their first Gagarin cup that season.

Although he has a small frame, Pare has great puck control and vision which makes him a pass-first playmaker. He’s known for crashing the net where he manages to find his spot and use even the slightest chance to score.

Aside from hockey, he lists surfing and singing as his greatest passions. How good of a singer he is we all heard as clue Nr.3 of the #jointhestory social media project.

We you still haven't, join and help Bear Medvescak in his quest because a new clue is expected soon.

 

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