Marc-André Gragnani, who spent the past season in the Carolina Hurricanes organization, has signed a deal with HC Lev Praha.

The 26-year old Montreal, Quebec native was drafted #87 overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. In April of 2009, he established a new record for Portland Pirates defencemen with 51 points in the regular season. He also set the Portland franchise record for assists by a defenseman in a single season with 42. In 2011, he broke both of his own records, by registering 48 assists and 60 points, in a single season, as a defenceman.

He had spent his entire career with the Sabres until being traded at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline along with Forward Zack Kassian to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Forward Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alexander Sulzer. Gragnani would then go on to score 1 Goal and add 2 Assists for 3 Points in 14 games with the Canucks, adding to his 1 Goal and 11 Assists in which he tallied for the Sabres in 44 games. Having played in 74 career NHL games, Gragnani has totaled 3 Goals and 15 Assists for 18 Points, while he has recorded 234 points in 325 games in the AHL. He holds a +6 rating and has received 34 Penalty Minutes in his NHL career

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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