9-Year Veteran Forward Signs In KHL

Veteran forward Brett Ritchie, with over 391 NHL games to his name, has embarked on a new chapter in his professional hockey journey by signing a one-year contract with Dynamo Minsk in the KHL.

This marks Ritchie's first venture into overseas professional hockey after failing to secure an NHL contract following a Professional Tryout (PTO) with the Florida Panthers during the summer.

The 30-year-old winger, originally drafted 44th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2011, brings a wealth of experience to Dynamo Minsk, and his decision to join the KHL presents a fresh opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage.

Despite his journeyman's career in the NHL, where he established himself as a dependable bottom-six winger, Ritchie's transition to the KHL signifies his willingness to explore new horizons and contribute to a team in need.

Over his nine-year career, Ritchie has amassed 50 goals and 85 total points across 391 games played, along with an impressive 911 hits.

Dynamo Minsk, currently seeking offensive firepower, hopes to leverage Ritchie's consistent scoring ability, as demonstrated throughout his AHL career, to improve their standings in the league.

If Ritchie excels in Belarus, there's a strong possibility that he could earn another shot at the NHL in the future, making this international venture a significant move in his career. Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports