NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Swiss hockey club Bern says it has signed 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 said 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, said it got financial backing from a benefactor to help pay for Tavares’ contract.

On Thursday, the NHL announced it had canceled the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule due to the ongoing labor issue.

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