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Jardine rejoins Swamp Rabbits

Friday, September 1st
Action photo of Sam Jardine of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, announced that the club has signed veteran defenseman Sam Jardine to a contract for the 2023-24 season.Jardine, 30, returns to Greenville for a second stint with the club, having appeared in 67 games for the Swamp Rabbits during the 2020-21 season that saw the Rabbits appear in the Eastern Conference Finals. During that season, Jardine recorded 44 points (3g-41a) in the regular season before added an additional goal in the postseason. A native of Lacombe, Alberta, Jardine spent the last two seasons overseas in Europe, most recently with his second stint for the Cardiff Devils in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Last season, Jardine posted 12 points (4g-8a) in 33 games. During the 2021-22 season, he split time between the Bratislava Capitals of the ICEHL and the HIFK of Liiga.Jardine was selected in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, enters his return season with the Rabbits having already amassed 270 professional games in North American professional hockey, earning him ECHL Veteran status. During his 270 games, 199 of which have come in the ECHL, Jardine has captured two Kelly Cup championships as a member of the 2016-17 Colorado Eagles and the 2018-19 Newfoundland Growlers.Before turning professional, Jardine spent three seasons as an Ohio State Buckeye, appearing in 97 games over his collegiate career.

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