Defenceman Charles-David Beaudoin has found a new home for the coming year. The Laval Rocket have announced a one-year, two-way AHL deal with the Quebec-born product for the 2021-22 season of play.
The former Manitoba Moose defensive stalwart took a year away from the American Hockey League as a way of dodging potential scheduling conflicts/the shortened season last year, to which he travelled abroad and suited up in the ICEHL for the Black Wings of Austria.
Having spent his five years of Junior playing with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, before spending two years at the University of Quebec-Trois-Rivieres, the return to Quebec was about as natural as it could get for the 27-year-old.
Following his time in U-Sports, Beaudoin bounced between the ECHL and AHL with the Tulsa Oilers and Binghamton Senators to finish off the 2016-17 season, before finding a home with the Manitoba Moose from 2017-20.
In 102 total contests for Manitoba, the blueliner had two goals, 16 points and 80 penalty minutes. He also played 29 games between the Jacksonville IceMen and the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL in 2019-20, scoring four times and adding 18 points.
While in Austria, Beaudoin was among the team leaders in penalty minutes (28), while putting up a goal and seven points dressing in all 50 games for the Black Hawks in 2020-21. His return to North America will be in time for a full 72-game season set to begin on Friday, October 15.