41 Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
2019-2020 Twenty-fourth Season
Adidas. Playoff Set. Neck tagging 56.
Colorado Registration No. 052
Jersey shows light overall wear with some interior pilling. Each elbow shows a couple of small scuffs and a few board burns. The nameplate has a couple of sharp black marks. This jersey comes from the playoff set worn in the Edmonton Bubble in the Fall of 2020. The fight strap is signed and dated by the equipment manager. The jersey is accompanied by the Avalanche COA and the registration tag is sewn pressed into the rear jersey hem.
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Pierre-Édouard Bellemare became the ninth player born in France to reach the NHL when he joined the Philadelphia Flyers for the start of the 2014-15 season at age 29. But were it not for the eight years he spent playing in Sweden, the native of the Paris suburb of Le Blanc-Mesnil said he might never have worn an NHL sweater.
Bellemare played five seasons in the Swedish Elite League (now the Swedish Hockey League) for Skelleftea AIK. He developed into an NHL-worthy player, scoring 64 goals and 125 points in 238 games and winning the SEL title in 2013 and 2014. Bellemare credited his coaches at Skelleftea for helping to hone his face-off skills and improving his work in the defensive zone.
A speedy skater with good puck-handling skills, Bellemare began to display his two-way game with the Flyers in the 2014-15 season opener on Oct. 8, 2014. He played 81 games during his rookie season, finishing with 12 points (six goals, six assists).
Bellemare also has had success internationally. He scored five goals in five games at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Bellemare was tied for the lead on France with five assists and third on the team with eight points at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He also scored the shootout-winning goal in an upset of Canada in the preliminary round of that tournament, France's second victory against Canada in 83 years.
His sister Rose-Eljandre was an artistic gymnast who represented France at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Bellemare was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He won 51.1 percent of his face-offs in 2017-18 and anchored Vegas' penalty-killing unit, helping the Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup Final in the best season by a first-year team in NHL history.
After two seasons with Vegas, Bellemare signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent July 1, 2019
Bio courtesy NHL.com
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Born: Mar 6, 1985 - Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
6-0, 198 lbs.
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, June 11, 2014. Claimed by Vegas from Philadelphia in Expansion Draft, June 21, 2017. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2019.