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UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 12: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders looks on during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Coliseum on January 12, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Swiss hockey club Bern says it has signed New York Islanders center John Tavares during the NHL lockout. Tavares will join Islanders captain Mark Streit, arguably Switzerland's best export to the NHL, at the club. Bern says the 22-year-old Canadian will arrive in Switzerland Tuesday and start training the next day. Tavares was the first pick of the 2009 NHL draft and earned his first All-Star Game selection last season, in which he earned 81 points in 82 games. Bern, one of the best supported teams in Europe, says it got financial backing from a benefactor to help pay for Tavares' contract.
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