Pierre-Édouard Bellemare

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Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 2018-02-06 1.jpg
Bellemare with the Golden Knights in 2018
Born (1985-03-06) 6 March 1985 (age 34)
Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Dragons de Rouen
Leksands IF
Skellefteå AIK
Philadelphia Flyers
Vegas Golden Knights
National team  France
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare (born 6 March 1985) is a French professional ice hockey left winger for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Bellemare made France's top professional league in 2002 as a 17-year-old, and played in France until he was 20, when he accepted an offer to play for Leksands IF, in Sweden's second tier league, HockeyAllsvenskan.[2]

He then played for Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), where he won the Swedish Championship twice in 2013 and 2014.

On 11 June 2014, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Bellemare to a one-year contract.[3] He scored his first NHL goal later that year, on 22 October, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[4] Later in his rookie season of 2014–15, he signed a two-year contract extension with the club on 2 March 2015.[5] Bellemare was suspended for one game on 19 April 2016 for an illegal check to Dmitry Orlov.[6]

Bellemare was named an alternate captain on 2 March 2017 a day after signing an additional two-year contract extension with the Flyers.[7]

On 21 June 2017, having been unprotected by the Flyers at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Bellemare was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on 19 February 2018 after being injured in a game against the Montreal Canadiens.[9] He returned on 6 March for a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[10]

Bellemare left the Golden Knights after their two first seasons, signing as a free agent a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche on 1 July 2019.[11]

International play[edit]

Bellemare in 2017

Bellemare participated at the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the French national team.[12] He was also named to the French roster for competition at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[13] In the nation's opening group game on 9 May 2014, Bellemare scored the game-winning shootout goal to give France a 3–2 victory over Canada, France's second-ever victory over the Canadians in 83 years.[14]

In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Bellemare played for Team Europe, being the only player to represent France in the tournament. Team Europe won silver, having lost to Canada 2-1 in the championship match.

In the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Bellemare was set to receive the Player of the Game award, scoring a goal and an assist in France's 5–1 win over Finland. In an act of selflessness and respect, he waived acceptance of the award, urging it deserved to go to the French Team goalie, Florian Hardy, who had 42 saves.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Bellemare was born in a suburb of Paris, the third of five children. His father was born in Martinique, an island in the Caribbean. He learned to skate and play hockey at age 6 when his 13-year-old sister, Aurore-Annick, wanted to play hockey and he and his brother tagged along.[2] Another sister, Rose-Eliandre Bellemare, is an artistic gymnast who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[16] Bellemare was in first year chiropractor school when he accepted an offer to play in Sweden at age 20.[2]

He is fluent in Swedish, French and English.[17][2]

Bellemare and his wife Hannah had their first child in January 2018. They lived near the Knights' practice rink in Summerlin, about 15 miles from downtown Las Vegas.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Dragons de Rouen FRA 11 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Dragons de Rouen FRA 22 10 10 20 16 4 1 1 2 4
2004–05 Dragons de Rouen FRA 28 4 15 19 20 12 7 5 12 6
2005–06 Dragons de Rouen FRA 26 12 17 29 24 9 2 7 9 6
2006–07 Leksands IF Allsv 44 8 11 19 24 10 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Leksands IF J20 2 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Leksands IF Allsv 40 14 15 29 12 10 2 3 5 4
2008–09 Leksands IF Allsv 41 31 18 49 113 10 5 5 10 6
2009–10 Skellefteå AIK SEL 49 9 5 14 16 12 2 7 9 8
2010–11 Skellefteå AIK SEL 53 10 8 18 20 16 1 4 5 0
2011–12 Skellefteå AIK SEL 55 19 17 36 40 15 4 8 12 12
2012–13 Skellefteå AIK SEL 29 6 16 22 47 9 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Skellefteå AIK SHL 52 20 15 35 32 14 9 5 14 6
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 81 6 6 12 18
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 7 7 14 27 5 0 1 1 15
2016–17 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 4 4 8 20
2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 72 6 10 16 14 20 0 3 3 14
2018–19 Vegas Golden Knights NHL 76 6 9 15 6 6 0 0 0 2
SHL totals 238 64 61 125 155 66 16 25 41 28
NHL totals 385 29 36 65 85 31 0 4 4 31

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2002 France WJC18-D2 5 6 4 10 4
2003 France WJC18-D1 4 3 1 4 29
2004 France WJC-D1 5 0 0 0 6
2004 France WC 3 0 0 0 2
2005 France WJC-D1 5 5 1 6 18
2005 France OGQ 6 1 2 3 6
2005 France WC-D1 5 1 0 1 0
2007 France WC-D1 5 2 3 5 2
2008 France WC 5 0 0 0 18
2009 France OGQ 3 1 1 2 0
2009 France WC 6 2 1 3 2
2010 France WC 6 1 2 3 4
2011 France WC 6 1 1 2 2
2012 France WC 5 2 4 6 4
2013 France OGQ 3 2 1 3 2
2013 France WC 7 1 3 4 0
2014 France WC 8 3 5 8 6
2016 France WC 7 1 3 4 0
2016 France OGQ 3 0 1 1 2
2016 Team Europe WCH 6 1 1 2 4
2017 France WC 7 2 2 4 4
Junior totals 19 14 6 20 57
Senior totals 91 21 30 51 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golden Knights take Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from Flyers in NHL Expansion Draft: report". SB Nation. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kaplan, Emily (28 April 2018). "French connection: Vegas' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare might just be the most interesting man in hockey". ESPN. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Versatile Bellemare low risk addition for Flyers". CSN Philly. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  4. ^ Crosby, Wes (22 October 2014). "Flyers rebound with hard-fought win against Penguins". NHL.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Flyers sign Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a multi-year contract extension". Philadelphia Flyers. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Flyers' Bellemare suspended one game". NHL.com. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Flyers extend with Bellemare and Neuvirth". Philadelphia Flyers. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Flyers' Bellemare goes to Vegas in expansion draft". Philly.com. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Placed on injured reserve". cbssports.com. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Korpisalo stops 37 shots as Columbus beats Vegas 4–1". cbssports.com. 10 March 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Avalanche signs Pierre-Edouard Bellemare". Denver Post. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  12. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1.
  13. ^ "Roster forming - 2014 WM - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Canada lose World Championship opener..to France". The National. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Flyers' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare helps France win, then shows his selflessness". Philly.com. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  16. ^ Merk, Martin (16 June 2014). "The Frenchmen are coming". IIHF.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  17. ^ Schoen, David (11 November 2017). "Multicultural Golden Knights feature strong French influence". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 8 December 2017.

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