HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears Hockey Club announced today that defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer and forward Dustin Gazley have been re-signed to one-year AHL contracts for the 2015-16 season. The announcement was made by Bears president/general manager Doug Yingst.
Burgdoerfer, 26, recently completed his first full AHL season with the Bears. Dressing in 58 games, the 6-1, 209-pound native of East Setauket, New York posted seven points (one goal, six assists), 58 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating. He scored his first AHL goal on January 3 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and notched one assist in 10 Calder Cup playoff contests. Burgdoerfer also appeared in three games with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons in 2013-14, posting one assist. Entering his sixth professional season in 2015-16, Burgdoerfer spent the majority of his career with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors. In 269 games, he racked up 75 points (22 goals, 53 assists), which included a career-best 11 goals and 22 points in 2013-14. Burgdoerfer also served as alternate captain in 2013-14 and helped the Condors to their longest playoff run in team history – a 16-game venture into the Western Conference finals. Prior to turning pro, Burgdoerfer played four years of collegiate hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC). With the Engineers, Burgdoerfer recorded 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 129 career games. Gazley, 26, is coming off of a career-best season in the AHL. Dressing in 72 games, the native of Novi, Michigan notched 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists), 36 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. He finished tied for fourth on the Bears in goals, sixth in plus-minus and fourth in games played. In the postseason, Gazley led the Bears and tied for the overall playoff lead with two shorthanded goals. He added two assists for four points in 10 Calder Cup playoff contests. The 5-9, 165-pound forward has posted 53 points (26 goals, 27 assists) in 114 games in Hershey. He also dressed in 29 games with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13, putting up nine points (four goals, five assists). Gazley’s ECHL career spanned parts of four seasons with the Greenville Road Warriors, Elmira Jackals and Reading Royals. He has a total of 152 points (47 goals, 105 assists) in the ECHL, which included a league-leading 85 points (25 goals, 60 assists) in his rookie year of 2011-12. Prior to turning pro, Gazley played four years of collegiate hockey with Michigan State University (CCHA), where he totaled 73 points (30 goals, 43 assists) in 153 career games.