The St. John’s IceCaps announced that they have re-signed rearguard Josiah Didier to a one-year AHL contract. An AHL contract means that he can only be sent down to the ECHL but cannot be called up to the NHL and does not count against the 50 contracts for the Canadiens organization.
The Montreal Canadiens drafted Josiah Didier in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Following his four years at the University of Denver, Didier signed an amateur try-out contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs to finish out the 2014-15 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate at the time. Rather than sign Dider to an entry-level contract that summer, GM Marc Bergevin let the Habs lose Didier’s rights and signed him to an AHL deal with the IceCaps.
In his rookie season with the IceCaps last year, Didier split time between the Brampton Beast in the ECHL and St. John’s, but mainly was out on the Rock. While with the IceCaps, he posted 5 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games. The 6’3″, 218-pound Littleton, Colorado native was a target for dropping the gloves as you would imagine but he also was not afraid to get into scrums and defend his teammates. According to hockeyfights.com, he had six last season. Didier also picked up an award at the end of the season for the Hardest Working Player, handed out by the team.
While Didier may not be known for scoring, he did pot this beauty for the Brampton Beast in his short stint with them and if he can do a little more of this while with the IceCaps, well…