The Hershey Bears announced on Thursday that they are bringing back Shane Gersich for the 2022-23 season on an AHL contract.
Gersich has played exclusively for the Bears the past four seasons after getting a cup of coffee in the NHL in 2018. His AHL contract status means that if the Capitals had interest in promoting Gersich during the season, they would have to sign him to an NHL contract.
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We've signed Shane Gersich to an AHL contract for the 2022-23 season. The forward is set to return for his fifth season with the club. Welcome back, @shane_gersich9! https://t.co/JrkC5iW7UL pic.twitter.com/ocfpJWEhUi
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) August 25, 2022
The 26-year-old Gersich was drafted by the Caps in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with the team in 2018 and featured in two playoff games during the franchise’s first-ever, victorious Stanley Cup run.
The Minnesota native had become an unrestricted free agent this summer after the one-year deal he signed with the Caps for the 2021-22 season expired. This is the fourth straight one-year contract he has signed and his first that has no NHL ties.
Last season in 71 games for the Bears, he was an alternate captain and had the best scoring output of his AHL career. He scored 14 goals and recorded 34 total points.
GERSICH RETURNS TO HERSHEY ON AHL DEAL FOR 2022-23
(Hershey, PA- August 25, 2022) – The Hershey Bears announced today the club has signed forward Shane Gersich to an American Hockey League contract for the 2022-23 season. The announcement was made by Hershey’s vice president of hockey operations Bryan Helmer.
Gersich, 26, is coming off a career-year with the Bears in 2021-22, collecting 34 points (14g, 20a) over 71 games. He set new personal bests in games played, goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes (60). Gersich, who plays all forward positions for Hershey, ranked tied for fifth on the team in scoring, added three game-winning goals, and ranked second on the team in shots (152).
The native of Chaska, Minn. has played four seasons with Hershey, compiling 90 points (38g, 52a) in 224 games. A key cog on Hershey’s penalty kill, Gersich has scored five career shorthanded goals. He’s also skated in nine playoff games for the Bears in his tenure, posting three points (1g, 2a).
The 5’11”, 180-pound forward was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by Washington. After an accomplished career at the University of North Dakota, including an NCAA title in 2016, Gersich joined the Capitals late in the 2017-2018 season. He skated in three games for Washington that year, tallying one assist, and also appeared in two postseason games en route to Washington’s 2018 Stanley Cup win.
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