HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS announced today that goaltender Billy Sauer has been signed to a professional tryout agreement. The announcement was made by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.
Sauer, 24, joins the BEARS from the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), where he has posted a record of 3-2-2, a save percentage of .917 and a goals-against average of 2.74 in seven appearances. Sauer also saw ECHL action with the Florida Everblades, Gwinnett Gladiators and Greenville Road Warriors this season.
The 6-2, 195-lb. native of Rochester, New York appeared in 15 AHL games with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2009-10, appearing in 15 games and posting a record of 5-7-1.
Sauer had a successful four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan from 2005-06 through 2008-09, compiling a record of 71-30-8 with a .908 cumulative save percentage and 2.56 goals-against average. He helped the Wolverines to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2007-08, a season in which he recorded 30 wins.
Sauer was originally selected in the seventh round (201st overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.