Former Merrimack College defenseman Karl Stollery has signed with Dinamo Riga of the KHL, a Russian-based professional league considered to be the top league in Europe. Dinamo is located in Latvia
The club announced the deal on Wednesday. Stollery, 29, was an undrafted free agent out of Merrimack and originally signed with the Colorado Avalanche. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks two years ago at the NHL Trade Deadline and signed with the Devils as an unrestricted free agent last summer. Stollery was slated to become an NHL free agent again on July 1.
This past season, Stollery appeared in 11 games for the Devils, notching three assists. He also appeared in 59 games for the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany, scoring one goal and adding 16 assists. In total, he has appeared in 23 NHL games, with three assists and 21 penalty minutes.
Stollery will become the second former Merrimack player to play in the KHL. Stephane Da Costa is currently a free agent after his contract with CSKA Moscow expired this past summer. According to several reports, Da Costa is once again receiving some NHL interest after a successful multi-year stint in the league, as well as a top performance at the IIHF World Championships this past spring.