EVZ reacts to the injury-related absence of Carl Klingberg and signs the 35-year-old US-American Justin Abdelkader until the end of the year.
EVZ equips Justin Abdelkader with a contract until the end of the year, with an option to extend until the end of the season. This is the EVZ's response to the injury to striker Carl Klingberg. The Swede will miss the Zugers several weeks.
Justin Abdelkader is no stranger to Zug. The striker strengthened the EVZ in the Season 2020/21 towards the playoffs and was an important piece of the puzzle on the way to the first championship title in 23 years. The US American started the 2021/22 season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Grand Rapids Griffins, then joined HC Lugano shortly before the playoffs. After being eliminated in the playoff quarterfinals, Abdelkader left Lugano and has been without a contract ever since.
The 187cm tall and 97kg forward was drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2nd round as No. 42. Starting in the 2007-08 season, Abdelkader played 803 NHL games for the Michigan franchise, where he also grew up, and wore the "A" on his chest for the last four years. During 13 seasons in North America, the left-shooter scored 112 goals and 153 assists.
"We already know Justin and his style of play very well. So we know what to expect from him," says General Manager Reto Kläy. "He brings tremendous water displacement and experience. With him, we are also better protected against any further injuries. I'm pleased that he will strengthen us until at least the end of the year."