Canadiens Sign Streit

MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed defenseman Mark Streit, who played for Tallahassee in the ECHL. The Long Beach Ice Dogs are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the ninth round (262nd overall) by Montreal in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 27-year-old Streit has played the last five seasons in his native Switzerland for the Zurich Lions in the Swiss Elite League. In 2004-05, he was third on the team with 43 points (14g-29a) in 44 games and ranked among the league’s top-scoring defensemen.

The 5-11 and 198-pound Streit is the team captain for the Swiss National team and his seven points in seven games at the 2005 World Hockey Championships helped the Swiss team reach the quarterfinals, losing 2-1 to Sweden, and gain a berth in the 2006 Olympics in Italy.

In his only season in North America in 1999-2000, Streit had five assists and 16 penalty minutes in 14 games with Tallahassee, one goal and two penalty minutes in one game with Utah of the International Hockey League and 15 points (3g-12a) and 18 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games and two penalty minutes in five playoff games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.