Veteran tough guy Janssen signs in England

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Cam Janssen, a longtime enforcer that’s appeared in 336 games with the Devils and Blues, has taken his game overseas and joined Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League, the club has announced.

Originally selected by New Jersey at the 2002 draft, Janssen broke in with the Devils before moving to St. Louis in 2007, spending four years with the club. In 2011, he returned to Jersey and appeared in a handful of big-league games, spending most of his time — including all of last season — with AHL Albany.

A noted pugilist — per HockeyFights, he’s scrapped over 90 times in his career — Janssen, 31, is just the latest enforcer to join the EIHL, which is made up of teams from Scotland, England and Wales.

Kevin Westgarth spent last season with the Belfast Giants while Paul Bissonnette signed with Cardiff, only to return to the Coyotes organization days later.