The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have invited goaltender David Aebischer, left winger Troy Bodie, forward David Koci, and left winger Janne Pesonen to their upcoming training camp on professional tryout contracts.
Aebischer, 33, spent last season playing for HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga A where he appeared in 36 games (12-24, 3.10 GAA, .855 sv%). The Swiss goaltender has played in 214 NHL games between Phoenix, Montreal, and Colorado – winning the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. He was originally drafted by Colorado in the sixth round, 161st overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Bodie, 26, appeared in 50 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season where he accumulated three points (1g, 3a) along with 54 penalty minutes. He also played in nine games with the Anaheim Ducks where he earned an assist and seven penalty minutes. The Portage la Prairie, MB native has played in 107 career NHL games between Anaheim and Carolina for a career total 11 points (6g, 5a) and 141 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by Edmonton in the ninth round, 278th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Koci, 30, spent the season in Colorado last year, playing 35 games for the Avalanche earning one goal and 80 penalty minutes. The native of Prague, Czech Republic has played in a career total 142 NHL games between Colorado, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Chicago where he has scored four points (3g, 1a) and 461 penalty minutes. Koci was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the fifth round, 146th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Pesonen, 29, played the 2010-11 season with Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL where he appeared in 46 games for 27 points (14g, 13a) and 28 penalty minutes. He has played in seven career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Suomussalami, Finland winger was originally drafted by Anaheim in the ninth round, 269th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.