Blue Jackets Sign Cameron Gaunce to Two-Year, Two-Way NHL/AHL Deal
CLEVELAND – The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Saturday that the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, signed defenseman Cameron Gaunce to a two-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract.
A 6’1”, 185 lb. left-handed native of Sudbury, ON, Gaunce, 27, posted 1-3-4 with 13 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 12 appearances for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins last season and additionally logged 2-11-13 with 38 penalty minutes and a +15 rating in 49 appearances in 2016-17 for the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 32 career NHL appearances for the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh spanning parts of the 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2016-17 seasons, Gaunce supplied 2-3-5 with 36 penalty minutes and a -1 rating.
A second-round pick (50th overall) by Colorado in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Gaunce posted 21-126-147 with 556 penalty minutes and a +66 rating in 468 career AHL appearances spanning seven seasons from 2011-17 for the Lake Erie Monsters, Texas Stars, Portland Pirates and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Gaunce served as an assistant captain for Portland in 2015-16 and helped Texas claim the 2014 Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions. Prior to his professional career, Gaunce notched 33-108-141 with 321 penalty minutes and a +56 rating in 185 OHL appearances for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors spanning three seasons from 2007-10.
The Cleveland Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA G League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.