Defenseman to begin third season with teamRALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2004)
â€“ Jim Rutherford, President / General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Bruno St. Jacques on a one-year contract. As per club policy, no other terms were announced.
â€œDuring his time with our organization, Bruno has shown that he can be a capable NHL defenseman,â€? said Rutherford. â€œHe is one of the players we hope can continue to mature and become a fixture on our defense.â€?
St. Jacques, 23, played in 35 games with Carolina in 2003-04 after making the team out of training camp. The Montreal, Que., native was sidelined for 26 games last season, 25 due to an abdominal injury and one with a shoulder problem. St. Jacques also played six games with Lowell of the American Hockey League during a mid-season conditioning stint.
The Hurricanes acquired St. Jacques (6â€™ 2â€?, 210 lbs.) along with Pavel Brendl from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Sami Kapanen and Ryan Bast on Feb. 7, 2003. Philadelphia drafted St. Jacques in the ninth round, 253rd overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He turned professional at the end of the 1999-2000 season and has played in 66 NHL games with Carolina and Philadelphia, notching two goals, seven assists (9 points) and 47 penalty minutes.