The Ontario Reign added their second AHL contracted player of the summer, agreeing to terms with forward Mason Bergh on an AHL deal for the 2019-20 season.
Bergh is a familiar face, after he made his professional debut with the Reign last season on an ATO. The six-foot tall forward joined the team in late-March after his NCAA career at Colorado College came to a close and scored a goal in his professional debut, the game-opening tally against Stockton on March 31.
Bergh’s redirected goal was his only professional point of the season, as he appeared in a total of three games with Ontario. While his time with the Reign was a small sample size, Bergh got a look on the top line alongside Matt Moulson and Brett Sutter in his debut – not a bad due to play your first professional game with – and showed a nice blend of speed and skill in his short audition. Though a different style of player, Bergh will have the chance to earn a spot on what is looking like a young Reign roster in his first pro season, similar to what Kyle Bauman did last year.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Bergh completed a four-season collegiate career with Colorado Collage, where he eclipsed the century mark with 105 points from 149 games played with the Tigers. Bergh totaled a career-high 40 points (18-22-40) during his junior season in 2017-18 and led the team in scoring as a sophomore in 2016-17. The Eden Prarie, MN native also served as a two-year captain, wearing the “C” during both his junior and senior seasons.
As a senior, Bergh was a national finalist for the NCAA Senior CLASS Award. He was also named Colorado College’s Van Diest award winner as the institution’s top senior male athlete.
Bergh joins Sutter as players contracted to the Reign on AHL deals for the upcoming season. Of the five AHL contracted players from the 2018-19 Ontario Reign, Sutter has re-signed, Philippe Maillet and Sam Herr have signed elsewhere, while Bauman and Jamie Devane remain as unrestricted free agents.