The reigning Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears announced this morning that they’ve signed forward Garrett Roe to a one-year AHL contract. The 35-year-old spent last season playing for the ZSC Lions in the National League in Switzerland where he collected four goals and 10 assists in 31 games while serving as one of the alternate captains for the team.
Roe was a seventh-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings back in 2008 and previously played two seasons in the AHL for the Adirondack Phantoms where he posted 20 goals and 46 assists in 129 career games. He has spent the past decade in Europe, including the past four years with the Lions in Switzerland. He’s been a good offensive contributor for most of his professional career but saw the offence dry up this past season as he posted numbers well below his career average.
Roe represented the United States at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang where he posted a goal and an assist in five games as the Americans fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In other minor transactions from around the hockey world:
- Former Edmonton Oilers first-round pick Alexei Mikhnov has joined Brest Albatros of the FFHG Division 1 league in France. The 40-year-old forward was selected 17th overall by the Oilers in the 2000 entry draft and played just two NHL games with the franchise, going pointless. Mikhnov took years to make the move from Russia to North America as he was impacted by the lack of a transfer agreement between the NHL and the Russian ice hockey federation. When he finally arrived, he had massive issues with his eyesight and struggled to adapt to the North American game. This will be his first year playing in France as he has spent the past four years playing professionally in Belarus.
- Chicago Blackhawks 2023 fifth-round pick Marcel Marcel has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate the Rockford IceHogs. The IceHogs announced the deal this morning with the 19-year-old who saw his first glimpse of North American hockey this past season with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Gatineau Olympiques. In 52 games, the Pilsen, Czechia native posted 14 goals and 18 assists to go along with a +22 rating. He also helped his country win a silver medal at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship where he recorded two goals and four assists in seven games.