Bears Sign Two, Set Preseason Schedule

The Hershey Bears added two more depth signings heading into the 2013-2014 season, signing a goalie and forward who will likely see time with the Reading Royals, Hershey’s ECHL affiliate. Bears’ President and General Manager Doug Yingst made the announcement on Tuesday.

Hershey signed goalie Riley Gill to an AHL deal, following his Calder Cup performance last season with the Reading Royals. Gill, 28, earned ECHL playoff MVP with an outstanding 13-3-1 playoff record to go with four postseason shutouts. Gill posted a 1.28 goals against average and .952 save percentage in 14 regular season contests for Reading. Net minders Philipp Grubauer and David Leggio are ahead of Gill on the Bears’ goalie depth chart heading into this season.

Twenty-five-year-old forward Tyler Ruegsegger also signed an AHL deal with Hershey for the 2013-2014 season, following an 18 point campaign for the Abbotsford Heat last year. He’s played in 87 career AHL contests, for Abbotsford and Bridgeport, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. He totaled 123 points in 147 games for the University of Denver in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association prior to turning pro.

Hershey also announced their preseason schedule this week. They’ll host the Utica Comets on September 27th and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on the following night. Their lone road postseason contest is against the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on September 29th. Training camp begins on September 23rd.

Quick Hits

1. Former Hershey forward Steve Pinizotto signed with the Florida Panthers on a one year, two way contract for the 2013-2014 season.

2. Longtime Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins broadcaster Tom Grace accepted a position as the Manager of Team Services for the Florida Panthers. He was the voice of the Baby Pens for eleven seasons.

3. Former Hershey forward and recent Providence Bruins veteran leader Graham Mink signed with Erste Bank HL in Austria.

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