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Ex-Penguin Park off to Switzerland

Aug 7, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Richard Park

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, veteran forward Richard Park has signed a two-year deal with HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League.

Park, 36, scored 7G-7A-14PTS in 54 games with the Penguins last season, averaging just over 10 minutes per game in a largely checking/penalty killing role. He also appeared in two of Pittsburgh’s six playoff games against Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero had shown some interest in bringing Park back for 2012-13, but Shero also said that about Steve Sullivan (now in Phoenix) and Arron Asham (now with the Rangers.)

“He was a good penalty-killer,” the Post-Gazette said of Park. “And there was no way the Penguins would have offered him a two-year deal.”

Park won’t be the only ex-NHLer plying his trade with Ambri-Piotta next year. Another former Penguin, Jason Williams, is on the team, as is former Minnesota defenseman Maxim Noreau and ex-Sharks goalie Nolan Schaefer.

Oh yeah — Ambri-Piotta’s coach is former Sharks, Penguins and Devils bench boss Kevin Constantine, in case you were wondering whatever happened to him.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    …also worth noting about Ambri-Piotta is that they often employ some of the best foreign players in Switzerland and notoriously are on the brink of bankruptcy

  2. mclovinhockey - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Always liked this guy.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I concur park was a great teammate who never complained about lack of ice time or his role on the team. I wish him nothing but the best!

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