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Damien Riat seemed to be on track for possibly challenging for a spot on the Washington Capitals’ roster this season or next season. The Capitals signed Riat to a two-year entry-level contract on March 5, 2020. Riat was preparing to report to Hershey when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown hockey a week later.
Riat, now 25, would finally make his only appearance in the chocolate and white last spring, playing in 33 games for the Bears, recording three goals and six assists. The 2021-22 season was set to be Riat’s shot at finally competing for a roster spot in Washington.
But last summer Riat apparently changed his mind about pursuing a career in the NHL and requested a loan by the Capitals to a team in his home country of Switzerland, all but ending his North American hockey career.
Swiss Hockey news is now reporting that according to Jérôme Reynard (Sport-Center, published on 24 heures), Riat has agreed to terms with LHC, ending any minuscule chance of Riat returning to North America. Riat will apparently remain part of the team for several seasons to come. The team should announce his deal as early as this week.
Riat was originally a 4th round draft pick by the Capitals in 2016. His deal with the Capitals expires at the end of this season.
By Jon Sorensen