Blue Jackets sign LW Gregory Hofmann to one-year deal

Apr 27, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; A fan takes a photo with a cell phone in the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a one-year deal for Swiss left wing Gregory Hofmann on Monday.

Columbus acquired the rights to Hofmann, 28, in February, dealing a seventh-round pick in 2022 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Playing in Switzerland’s top league last season, Hofmann had 18 goals and 23 assists in 36 games for EV Zug. He also had 14 points in 13 playoff games on the way to the league championship.

The veteran has 165 goals and 159 assists across 12 seasons in Switzerland, also playing for HC Lugano, HC Davos and HC Ambri-Piotta.

A native of Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, Hofmann has registered 165-159-324, 255 penalty minutes and a cumulative +52 plus/minus rating in 485 career games over 12 NLA seasons with EV Zug, HC Lugano, HC Davos and HC Ambri-Piotta from 2009-21. He has posted eight campaigns of double-digit goals, including three-straight 20-goal seasons from 2017-20, and has notched three consecutive 40-point campaigns. The 6-0, 201-pound forward was selected to the NL Media All-Star Team in 2018-19 and 2019-20. He recorded 24-23-47 in 50 games with EV Zug in 2019-20 and led the NLA in goals and set career highs in goals and points with 30-21-51 in 50 appearances with HC Lugano in 2018-19.

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Hofmann was originally a fourth-round draft pick by the Hurricanes in 2011.

–Field Level Media