Giroux Changing Teams

Ray Giroux, shown here with New Jersey, has enjoyed a standout career in the Russian Hockey League.
Ray Giroux, shown here with New Jersey, has enjoyed a standout career in the Russian Hockey League.

Former Yale standout defenseman Ray Giroux has signed a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Hockey League for the 2008-09 season, it was announced May 26 on European Hockey.Net. Giroux joins SKA St. Petersburg after spending the past three seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Hockey League.

Giroux compiled 13 goals and 20 assists and was a plus-28 for Ak Bars Kazan last season. He added two goals and two assists, and was plus-5 in 10 playoffs contests. In his three seasons with Ak Bars Kazan, Giroux amassed 35 goals and 59 assists in 153 games and compiled a plus-minus rating of plus-67.

The 1998 ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, Giroux enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career for the Bulldogs, garnering first-team all-ECAC Hockey and all-America honors in 1997-98. He also earned second-team all-ECAC Hockey honors in 1996-97. Giroux compiled 22 goals and 62 assists in 124 contests for Yale.

After concluding his collegiate career, Giroux played professionally for NHL's New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, as well as Lowell, Bridgeport, Albany and Houston of the American Hockey League. He was named the AHL All-Star first-team in 2002-03 as a member of the Albany River Rats.