Sometimes you have to report on pretty badly kept secrets, unfortunately this is one of those posts.
Weeks after reports came out, and confirmation was given that Drew Paris was in fact leaving the Cardiff Devils, he’s now officially been unveiled by Karlskrona in the Allsvenskan in the Swedish second tier.
On the teams official website they said “Drew Paris, 30-årig back från Pointe-Claire i Kanada. Drew har cirka 70 matcher i HockeyAllsvenskan med Tingsryd och Modo de senaste två säsongerna där han totalt fick ihop 30 poäng på 73 matcher” which I can only image says something along the lines of we’ve just signed Drew Paris or just a bit of background on him because I don’t speak Swedish.
The 30-year-old blueliner spent one year with the Devils, helping the South Wales side to the league, conference and playoff title, with Cardiff only missing out on the Challenge Cup in a thrilling final that saw the Belfast Giants come out on top.
Paris did have some injury problems that kept him to 44 league games this season, posting 6 goals and 14 assists along the way.
The highlight of his time in Cardiff cane during the Champions Hockey League as it was his goal in overtime against HC Davos that sealed the victory against a side that had already pumped them 10 – 1 earlier in the competition.
Back on May 19th the Devils confirmed the 6’4” defenceman was leaving the side, but it took until May 31st for the deal to Karlskrona to be officially announced.
Since turning pro in the 2008-09 season, Paris has played in a handful of countries, already playing in the Allsvenskan twice before.
After spending two years in the DEL for Düsseldorfer EG and one year in the DEL 2 for EC Bad Nauheim, Paris moved to Sweden to play for Tingsryds AIF in 2015-16.
In his first year in Sweden he posted 26 points in 47 games, before spending half of the following year with MODO Hockey in the same league.
Karlskrona are back in the Allsvenskan for the first time since 2014-15 following relegation from the SHL last season.