Vallerand moves to Alps Hockey League
Canadian forward Marco Vallerand, who lead the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze for goals and points over the 2017/18 Elite League season has signed for Austrian side EHC Lustenau who compete in the Alps Hockey League.
It’s with excitement that I announce my signature with @ehclustenau ð¦ in the alps league! #newchapter at the same time I have a heavy heart for all the @covblazehockey ð² staff, fans and sponsors that had my back this whole season! Thanks for all the love! Until next time âð¼— Marc O. Vallerand (@VallyTown15) April 4, 2018
Despite missing the final stretch of the season through injury, his 34 goals were good enough to joint-lead the Elite League regular season top-scorers chart, also adding 31 assists for a total of 65 points in 48 games. He also added 4+3 for 7 points in 6 Challenge Cup games.
The 28-year-old is the fourth Coventry player to have lead an Elite League regular season in goals scored, after Adam Calder (49 in 2007/08; and 32 – joint with Belfast’s George Awada – in 2004/05), Luke Fulghum (48 in 2009/10) and Ryan Ginand (43 – joint with Hull’s Guillaume Doucet – in 2013/14).
At the end of season awards show, the number 88 was voted fans’ Forward of the Year, Player of the Season and confirmed as having the best plus/minus.
Vallerand told the EHC Lustenau website, “It was very hard for me to say goodbye to Coventry Blaze as I had a great time. In addition to the possibility of a contract extension at Coventry, I also had some other lucrative offers. However, Lustenau convinced me with the overall package and in addition, I know coach Christian Weber from our time in Switzerland. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity at EHC Lustenau."
The Blaze would like to wish Marco well and thank him for his special season with us.