Lettttttttt the bells ring, the Vegas Golden Knights have made the their selections in the expansion draft. The lucky Philadelphia Flyer to be leaving town is no other than Pierre Edouard-Bellemare. It was mandatory for Vegas to select one player from each of the 30 NHL teams.
Bellemare signed a one-year contract with the Flyers in June of 2014. He made his Flyers debut that season, to which Bellemare scored his first NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 22, 2014. Bellemare produced 6 goals, and 6 assists for a total of 12 points in 81 games played that season.
The French native, signed a two-year contract extension with the Flyers in March of 2015. He played in any situation the coaching staff asked of him. Bellemare became a penalty killing specialist, and became a vocal leader in the locker room for the Flyers.
“Bellsy” was rewarded with another two-year contract extension with the Flyers in March of 2017. He was also named the assistant captain of the Flyers, after Mark Streit was traded to Tampa Bay.
At 33 years old, Bellemare wanted to remain a Flyer. He was nothing short of a class act, and he seemed poised for the upcoming season. For his career with the Flyers, he has registered 17 goals, and 17 assists for a total of 34 points in 237 games played.
Attention will now turn to Friday night, where the Flyers have the second pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Good things are on the horizon for this proud franchise. The future is bright in Flyer land. Stay with us for all Flyers updates.
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