FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons announced that they have signed rookie defenseman Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu.
The Falcons are the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League.
Beaulieu originally signed with the Texas Wildcatters, but became a free agent when the team was forced to suspend operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.
Selected in the eighth round (260th overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old played for Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2004-05, registering 22 points (4g-18a) and 72 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games and five assists and 30 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.
The 6-foot-4 and 203-pound Beaulieu played five seasons in the QMJHL with Halifax, Montreal, Victoriaville and Quebec, finishing with 76 points (18g-58a) and 286 penalty minutes in 296 regular season games and five assists and 42 penalty minutes in 25 playoff games.