COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Pascal Pelletier to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced July 6. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Pelletier (pronounced PEHL-tyay), 26, appeared in 71 games with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs last season, tallying 29 goals and 26 assists and 45 penalty minutes. He was also scoreless in seven games with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has appeared in 277 combined AHL games with Providence and Rockford since 2005-06 and registered 100-125-225 and 213 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on January 17, 2008 vs. Toronto. He has appeared in 13 career NHL games with Boston and Chicago over the past two seasons.
Pelletier's best professional season was 2007-08 when he racked up 37-38-75 in 73 contests with Providence, ranking fourth in the AHL in goals, earning a spot on the Team Canada roster at the 2007-08 AHL All-Star Classic and selection to the AHL First All-Star Team. A native of Labrador City, Newfoundland, Pelletier has also appeared in 33 combined Calder Cup Playoff games over the past four seasons with Providence and Rockford, collecting 14 goals, 14 assists and 49 penalty minutes.
Originally signed as a free agent by the Bruins, Pelletier played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he registered 112-176-288 and 489 penalty minutes in 257 career games with Baie-Comeau and Shawinigan. He notched a career-high 46-55-101 and 113 penalty minutes in 67 games with Baie-Comeau in 2002-03 and added 39-52-91 and 85 penalty minutes in 64 outings with Shawinigan in 2003-04.
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