The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year contract through the 2020-21 season.
Bellemare, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights and tallied 15 points (6g/9a) in 76 games in 2018-19 while serving as an alternate captain. During the 2017-18 campaign, he finished with 16 points (6g/10a) in 72 contests, setting career highs in assists and points and helping Vegas reach the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season.
Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent on June 11, 2014, Bellemare was selected by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and has totaled 65 points (29g/36a) in 385 career NHL contests with the Flyers and Golden Knights. He has four points (0g/4a) in 31 total postseason appearances.
"Pierre-Edouard is a very good defensive forward and penalty killer who is also strong on faceoffs," said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. "He brings added leadership and a veteran presence to our team."
The 6-foot, 198-pound center played five seasons with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League from 2009-14, producing 125 points (64g/61a) in 238 career regular-season contests and 41 points (16g/25a) in 66 total postseason outings. He served as an alternate captain for three seasons from 2011-14 and helped Skelleftea earn back-to-back SHL championships in 2013 and 2014.
The Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, native has competed internationally for his country every year since 2001. He's registered 34 points (13g/21a) in 60 total IIHF World Championship games and was an alternate captain for the team for five consecutive tournaments from 2012-16.
In 2016, Bellemare suited up for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, the only player to represent France at the tournament. He notched two points (1g/1a) in six games, helping Europe to a second-place finish.