Controversial NHLer Involved in the Team Canada Scandal Finds a New Team

Published October 13, 2023 at 12:57


Ottawa Senators RFA forward, Alex Formenton, hasn't played in the NHL since the 2021-22 season. HC Ambri-Piotta, a top-tier Swiss team, recently confirmed they've signed Formenton on a short-term contract lasting until December 31st.

Ottawa Senators' LW Alex Formenton [Reserve List] has signed a three-month contract with Ambrė-Piotta (NL), with a club option for the season.

Investigation Ongoing

The agreement also carries the option to extend through the 2023-24 season. A cloud of intrigue surrounds Formenton due to an ongoing investigation related to the 2018 World Junior team. Despite this, as of now, no charges or convictions have been levied against him. HC Ambri-Piotta's statement, translated from Italian, reveals the player's status remains consistent with the previous season.

"The club is aware that there is an ongoing investigation and to date there has been no charge nor conviction against the player. The club reserves the right to review the contractual situation with the player should new elements emerge. The player, for his part, has the possibility of returning to the NHL at any time if the second investigation were to resolve like the first with nothing done. Out of respect for the ongoing investigations, the player and club will not release further statements on the situation."

The club acknowledges the investigation and emphasizes no charges or convictions against Formenton to date. Additionally, if future findings exonerate Formenton, he could potentially make a return to the NHL.

Under this deal, Formenton can return to the NHL at anytime. #Sens

No Comment

For now, both Formenton and the club have chosen to withhold further comments regarding the matter. Formenton's performance last season with HC Ambri-Piotta was notable: he played 22 games, scored 13 points, incurred 74 penalty minutes, and maintained a plus-three rating. Furthermore, Formenton contributed to the team's 2022 Spengler Cup win, marking their inaugural title victory in the competition.

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