Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The announcement was made during the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
Bellemare departs the Flyers after spending the last three seasons with the club where he has recorded 34 points (17g-17a) in 237 regular season games. Since the 2014-15 season, Bellemare led all Flyers forwards in average shorthanded time-on-ice at 2:28 per game.
"There was a number of guys that I felt like there was a chance we would lose and certainly [Bellemare] was on that list," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "Vegas obviously did their homework and they have themselves a good player. Pierre-Edouard is a character member of our organization and he'll be missed. He's a terrific team player but he's even a better human being. He was great in the community and, again, he'll be a real nice piece for Vegas."
This past season, he had four goals and four assists for eight points having played in all 82 games, and served as an alternate captain for the club for the final two months. He was named the Gene Hart Memorial Award winner as the Flyer who demonstrated the most "Heart" during the season as voted on by members of the Fan Club.
Bellemare was originally acquired by the Flyers after signing a contract as a free agent on June 11, 2014. Prior to joining the club, he spent parts of five seasons with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League, where he recorded 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.