Austrian League’s EC Red Bull Welcomes Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett

Derick Brassard will find out if the hills really are alive with the sound of music, or in this case, hockey. Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

As the NHL lockout lingers, the list of Columbus Blue Jackets players finding a place to play elsewhere keeps growing, with Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett becoming the two newest additions.

Brassard signed to play with EC Red Bull in the Austrian League on Friday and left for Salzburg on Saturday, becoming the eighth Blue Jackets player to play either in Europe or the ECHL. Brassard had been training in Montreal but decided that he needed ice time in case of either an end to the lockout or, at worst, a canceled season.

“I want to be ready. I want to be in really good shape,” Brassard told the Columbus Dispatch on Friday. “And as much as that, I want to keep playing. This is what I do for a living. I want to play.”

Meanwhile, Dorsett announced on Sunday that he was also joining EC Red Bull and was flying to Salzburg later that evening. He had planned on attending a hockey camp for locked out players organized by Sidney Crosby and Shane Doan this week, but the cancellation of games to December 15th changed his plans. He had been thinking about heading to Europe prior to the announcement.

Dorsett had a career-high 12 goals and 20 points last season but also carried 235 penalty minutes and was third in the league with 19 fighting majors. He’ll have to remember that fighting is not allowed in international hockey and adjust to a more skill oriented game.

Both Brassard and Dorsett are expected to make their debuts with the team in the coming week.

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