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NHL veteran forward Martin Gelinas joins Swiss club Bern

BERN, Switzerland – Veteran NHL forward Martin Gelinas signed with Swiss club Bern to bolster its European Champions Hockey League campaign.

The 38-year-old from Shawinigan, Que., a Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990, beat a midnight transfer deadline Monday to be eligible for Bern’s CHL game against Swedish club HV71 Jonkoping on Nov. 12.

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Gelinas, who skated last season for Nashville, played in 1,420 regular and post-season NHL games. He scored 332 goals as a winger in Edmonton, Quebec, Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary and Florida.

He returns to Europe after spending the NHL’s 2004-05 lockout season with Swiss clubs Lugano and Morges.