Nicola Riopel has signed with Denmark’s Frederikshavn for the upcoming season.
Riopel was selected in the 5th round, 142nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Riopel began the 2009–2010 season by claiming a spot in training camp with the Flyers’ top AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. After posting a 4-6-0 record with a 3.35 GAA and a 0.893 save percentage in back-up duty to Johan Backlund, Riopel was loaned back to his Junior club, the Moncton Wildcats, to finish off the campaign.
After attending both the Philadelphia Flyers’ training camp and then the Adirondack Phantoms’ training camp, Riopel was assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. He would later get some time with the Phantoms when Michael Leighton was sent down, but it wouldn’t be for long. Since Riopel wasn’t signed to an entry-level contract by June 1, 2011, the Flyers no longer held his NHL rights, and would sign with the Road Warriors in the summer of 2011. Prior to actually playing with the squad, however, Riopel was invited to the New York Islanders summer camp, but couldn’t make the squad. On August 9, 2012, Riopel inked a deal with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL in Scotland, posting an unimpressive 19-28-3 record.
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