Four years have passed since left wing Eric Tangradi last played a competitive hockey game in Belleville, Ontario. That will change Saturday.
Tangradi, who spent his junior career with the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League, will be back in town as he and the Winnipeg Jets face the Washington Capitals in the Kraft Hockeyville game (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC), which will drop the puck on the 2013 NHL preseason.
Tangradi, 24, spent three seasons with the Bulls (2006-09), which included a trip to the Memorial Cup in 2008. In 176 OHL games, he had 67 goals and 101 assists.
"My second year we were playing Kitchener in the finals and [it was] one of the hardest-fought series I think we ever played in there," Tangradi told NHL.com. "I think it was Game 4, we were down 3-0 in the series and were able to fight back to go to seven [games]. We lost in seven, but there was a game in Belleville where it was a tempered game. We scored with a minute to go, we scored in overtime, and it was probably the loudest I ever heard that building. I think the roof almost came off that night.