With the NHL Lockout having the effect that it is having on the league, more players are deciding to head overseas to continue doing the one thing that they love to do the most, that is, play hockey. Renaud Lavoi of RDS in Quebec tweeted yesterday that Philadelphia Flyers‘ defenseman Bruno Gervais will be heading over to Germany to play Division 2 hockey with the Heilbronner Falken.
Heilbronner was founded in 1986. Originally known as Heilbronner EC, they changed their club name a year after the team’s finding in 1987. The Falken were promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga as a result of winning the Oberliga championship in 2007.
Gervais was drafted with the 182nd overall pick in the 6th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Gervais did not make his NHL debut until 2005-2006 where he played 27 games and recorded 7 points for the Islanders. Gervais has yet to play one full 82-game season in the NHL. In fact, Gervais has never played more than seventy-one (71) games in a season. In 381 career games, Gervais has recorded 81 points and also has a terrible combined plus/minus rating of negative sixty-four (-64) from playing with the Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Flyers signed Gervais in the off season as a depth defenseman just in case a player, or two, got hurt. With the negotiations of a new CBA still at a stalemate, it is a good sign to see another Flyers’ player looking for ice time in order to be in playing shape if and when the season starts.
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