Mathieu Olivier moves to the Blue Jackets
Quebec player Mathieu Olivier was traded from the Nashville Predators to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.
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The Jackets confirmed the transaction in a press release. They sent a fourth-round pick to the next draft in return for the tough forward.
Olivier is the only player in National Hockey League history to be born in the state of Mississippi. His father, Quebecer Simon Olivier, was playing with the Mississippi Sea Wolves, in the ECHL, when he was born.
However, Mathieu Olivier speaks French and considers himself a Quebecer. Never drafted, he spent the last season between the National League and the American League. In 48 career games on the Bettman circuit, he has scored three goals and seven points, in addition to having spent 88 minutes in jail.
He will serve in 2022-2023 the last season of a two-year, one-way deal, which earns him $ 750,000 per campaign.
The 25-year-old winger is a former member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He played with the Moncton Wildcats, the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Sherbrooke Phoenix.