Pustertal gets one point guarantor from Canada – ICEHL

Pustertal gets one point guarantor from Canada - ICEHL

Olivier Archambault is moving from the North American ECHL to ICE. © Alan American

Brunico’s ICE club continues its shopping spree: On Sunday, Wolves announced the signing of a Canadian striker whose commitment is a small leap of faith.

Olivier Archambault is the name of Wolves’ new winger. The Canadian has scored consistently throughout all stages of his previous career, although he has played in the third-tier ECHL for almost all of the last three years. The 29-year-old is yet to play in Europe.

Archambault comes from the Trois-Rivires Lions, newcomer to the ECHL. The Laval (AHL) and Montreal (NHL) farm teams fielded at least 80(!) players in their first season. Bolzano had a long-term NHL rift with coach Eric Belanger, who thought highly of Archambault and sent him to the ice in 54 games. He thanked them with 20 goals and 37 assists.

Early in his career, the technically proficient striker entered the AHL directly through the QMJHL youth league, but spent his later years primarily in the ECHL. In 2011, the 5’11” Archambault was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. In a professional career, Wolves’ new number 93 is 94 in the American Hockey League (39 points) and 278 scorer points in 276 ECHL games two years earlier. The Franco-Canadian sat out the entire season due to the coronavirus, but returned with normal accuracy in 2021/22.

“Pushtra fans can look forward to a hungry and full player!”
HCP Sports Director Patrick Bona

Sporting director Patrick Bona says of the new signing: “Olivier Archambault is a very fast and technically proficient winger who is not afraid to get into corners and plays a little hard at times. We draw on his extensive experience in the professional arena. Trust and are confident about his scorer qualities. Pushtra fans can look forward to a hungry and full player!”

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