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.
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.