Former Titan Gervais heading to Berlin
Former Acadie-Bathurst Titan captain Bruno Gervais is taking his defensive wizardry overseas next season after signing a contract to play with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga on Monday. Gervais himself confirmed to this reporter the deal is for two years.
A first-round pick of the Titan in 2001, Gervais would play a total of 160 regular season games in the junior ranks, scoring 30 goals, adding 46 assists and earning a plus-26 rating. He was named captain of the Titan for the 2002-03 season which led to his being drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth-round of the 2003 NHL Draft.
Following his junior career, Gervais would make the jump into the Islanders organization, playing parts of the next three seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while enjoying stints with the Islanders before earning a full-time roster spot in 2007.
Following the 2010-11 season, he would move to Tampa Bay for a season while splitting the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season between Philadelphia and another German team, Helibronner Falken.
Gervais made a return to the AHL ranks during the 2013-14 season with the Flyers farm-club in Adirondack prior to signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche who then assigned him to the Lake Erie Monsters, who in turn named him their team captain.
When reached to confirm the signing, Gervais mentioned he was “very happy” to be joining the Eisbären who has a training camp scheduled for later this month.
Interestingly enough, Gervais will be joining another former Titan in Petr Pohl. Pohl played with the Titan durin the 2005-06 season scoring 27 goals and adding 43 assists after two seasons with the Gatineau Olympiques. Pohl himself was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, but never cracked their roster. This season will be Pohl’s second with the Eisbären after recording 21 goals and 24 assists in 52 regular season games last year.