LIGHTNING SIGN RESTRITCTED FREE AGENT D BRUNO GERVAIS

By on June 27, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

June 27, 2011

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent
defenseman Bruno Gervais (ZHUR-vay, BROO-noh) to a one-year, one-way
contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman
announced.

Gervais, 6-1, 200 pounds, appeared in 53 games with the New York Islanders
last season, recording six assists and averaging 15:40 in ice time per
game. He has played in 331 career NHL games, all with the Islanders.
During that time he amassed nine goals and 68 points with two power-play
goals and two game-winners. Gervais also played in five playoff games
while with the Islanders during the 2007 playoffs, recording a goal and
two points.

A native of Longueuil, Quebec, Gervais was acquired by the Lightning from
New York at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 25 in exchange for future
considerations. He was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round,
182nd overall, of the 2003 draft. Gervais played his junior hockey at
Acadie-Bathhurst, where he skated in 160 regular season games from
2001-04, accumulating 30 goals and 76 points. In 2002-03 he led all QMJHL
defensemen in goals with 22 and was fifth for points with 50 en route to
being named to the second all-star team.

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