John Tavares signs with Swiss team SC Bern
John Tavares will join teammate Mark Streit on SC Bern in Switzerland
An All-Star center, Tavares was the first overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft
A wealthy club, Bern received money from a benefactor to help sign Tavares
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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