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Bears Sign Five to Professional Tryout Agreements

Bears Sign Five to Professional Tryout Agreements

September 18, 2017

The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed five players to professional tryout contracts. The announcement was made by Vice President of Hockey Operations, Bryan Helmer. Forwards Matt Carey, Jeremy Langlois, Taylor Cammarata, and Andrew Cherniwchan, as well as defender Frankie Simonelli, will join Hershey for the club’s training camp, which opens Monday, Sept. 25. 

Carey, 25, skated with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2016-17, scoring 29 points, including 21 goals in 73 games. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound winger from Hamilton, Ontario has scored 54 points (33 goals, 21 assists) in 161 career AHL games with Rockford, Iowa, and Hartford. The product of St. Lawrence University played in two NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2013-14 season, scoring one goal. 

Langlois, 27, scored 14 points with the Rockford IceHogs last season, including eight goals and six assists. His most productive AHL season came with San Jose in 2015-16, a year in which he notched 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists). The 5-foot-10, 175-pound winger hails from Tempe, Arizona and has also played with Bridgeport, Springfield, and Worcester. He has 78 career points (38 goals, 40 assists) in 188 AHL games, and is a product of Quinnipiac University, where he played under current Hershey assistant coach Reid Cashman.

Cammarata, Cherniwchan, and Simonelli are all signed to contracts with Hershey’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays, for the 2017-18 season. 

Cammarata, 22, was originally a third-round selection of the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL draft. The speedy 5-foot-7, 161-pound winger is turning professional after successful tenures in junior and collegiate hockey. Cammarata spent the last four seasons at the University of Minnesota, collecting 93 points (25 goals, 68 assists) in 149 NCAA games. The Plymouth, Minnesota native was the United States Hockey League and USA Hockey’s Player of the Year in 2012-13 after scoring 93 points with the Waterloo Black Hawks. 

Cherniwchan, 28, has skated in 134 career AHL games, scoring 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists). The majority of his AHL career has been spent with Providence, including 55 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Cherniwchan, a 5-foot-11, 176-pound winger from Hinton, Alberta, scored 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 36 games for the Stingrays last season. He also notched 16 points in 22 playoff games as South Carolina advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals. 

Simonelli, 24, split the 2016-17 season with Bakersfield, and the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals. With the Condors, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Simonelli tallied an assist in six games, and also added 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 49 games with the Admirals. The former University of Wisconsin product has played in 64 career AHL games with Providence and Bakersfield, scoring 12 points (three goals, nine assists). The Bensenville, Illinois native also played with the Stingrays during the 2014-15 season, helping the club to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals. 

Hershey’s training camp will open on Monday, Sept. 25 with the club’s first on-ice session starting at 10:30 a.m. at Giant Center. A complete training camp schedule and preliminary roster will be released later this week. 

The Hershey Bears 2017-18 season is almost here! The puck drops on the historic 80th anniversary season with the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 14 versus Belleville. Information on the 2018 Capital BlueCross Outdoor Classic, full season tickets, 22-game and 12-game plans, and flex-10 ticket plans for the 2017-2018 season is available now by calling (717) 508-BEAR.  Flexible ticket plans start as low as $195 per seat. 

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