Canadiens sign forward Michael Bournival to a three-year contract

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens have singed forward Michael Bournival to a three-year contract, the club announced Wednesday.

The five-foot-11, 187-pound native of Shawinigan, Que., will represent Canada at the 2012 IIFH world junior hockey championship.

Bournival has 15 goals and nine assists in 16 games this season with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has 78 goals and 94 assists in 176 games in his junior career.

Bournival was drafted in the third round, 71st overall by the Colorado Avalanche at the 2010 NHL draft. Montreal acquired him from Colorado for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

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“Michael has shown excellent hockey skills and has improved constantly since making his debut at the junior level,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier in a statement. “Currently representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF world junior championship, he will greatly benefit from this experience on the international stage.”