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Tavares signs with Bern of Swiss Elite League

Sep 28, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

John Tavares AP

Islanders fans might want to get familiar with SC Bern.

The Swiss National A League club — having already inked Isles captain Mark Streit — announced on Friday they’ve come to terms with New York’s leading scorer for the last two seasons, John Tavares.

Streit and Tavares will be joined by another locked-out NHLer, Nashville’s Roman Josi, on a Bern team that should be very interesting to watch this season.

Bern is also home to ex-NHLer Byron Ritchie, who played over 300 games in a 10-year career spent in Carolina, Florida, Calgary and Vancouver.

While the Swiss league lacks the number of transports headed to the KHL, its talent level is almost on par. NHLers currently signed on to appear in the National A League include Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Brooks Laich, Max Pacioretty, Tyler Ennis and Logan Couture.

  1. bcisleman - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    EXCELLENT!!! Bern has the #Isles two best players and is also in the area my late grandmother emigrated from as a child over 100 years ago.

    Memo to self: win lottery, get satellite feed for Swiss A League and make repeated trips to Switzerland to enjoy watching JT & Mark. Addendum: AVOID Swiss chocolate as you need to lose weight. Swiss bank accounts and watches are non-fattening but stick to hockey all the same!

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