NHL: Montreal Canadiens agree to terms on one-year deal with forward Ales Hemsky

NHL: Montreal Canadiens agree to terms on one-year deal with forward Ales Hemsky

Dallas Stars’ Ales Hemsky (83) is chased by San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent forward Ales Hemsky on Monday. The 33-year-old Czech had seven points (4-3) in 15 games with the Dallas Stars last season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Marcio Jose Sanchez.

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent forward Ales Hemsky on Monday.

The 33-year-old Czech missed most of the 2016-17 campaign after undergoing hip surgery. Hemsky had seven points (4-3) in 15 games with the Dallas Stars last season.

“I’m training at 100 per cent and I’m back to 100 per cent right now,” Hemsky said on a conference call. “So I’m sure I’ll be ready for the season and for training camp. I’m excited for that.”

Hemsky made his NHL debut with Edmonton in 2002-03 and spent over a decade with the Oilers.

In 838 career regular-season games, Hemsky has 174 goals and 398 assists for 572 points. He has 21 points (7-14) in 43 playoff games.

“It happened really quick,” Hemsky said of the signing process. “I had to make a choice so I did today and signed with Montreal. It will be a good opportunity for me.”

The Canadian Press
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