Jamestown, NY – Pack your bags, Seth, you’re headed to Russia!
On July 9th, 2019, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced that defenseman Seth Bergeron had been selected to represent the Jamestown Rebels at the 2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup, hosted at the home of the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia from August 23-31, 2019.
The annual tournament, sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), brings together world-class junior hockey teams from various countries for a high-level competition. The NAHL took nominations submitted by each team, and put together a 24-man roster consisting of one player from each NAHL club. While there was specific criteria for each nomination, like limiting the team to only five 1999-born players, Bergeron was the choice from Jamestown. “It was a good selection, he’s a good player.” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs.
Coombs added: “I hope it helps him. He’ll be over there with some good players, we hope he gains some confidence and he should be returning in wonderful shape”.
Bergeron, native of Las Vegas, NV, completed his second season with the Rebels organization last year (2017-18 with the Philadelphia Rebels) and will be entering his third year with the club in 2019-20. He’s posted a total of 21 points (3 G, 18 A) along with a +22 rating in an even 100 career regular season NAHL games. He also has appeared in 13 NAHL playoff contests and was named an Alternate Captain of last year’s Rebels squad. The 5’11″/180 lbs. 18-year old previously suited up for both the Las Vegas Storm’s Midget 16U team and their Western States Hockey League (WSHL) club in 2016-17, where he put up 17 points (4 G, 13 A) in 38 games played in the WSHL. Prior to that, Bergeron played for the Omaha Lancers Bantam Major and AAA U15 teams from 2014-2016 respectively.
“I’m honored to be picked.” said Bergeron. “I’m very excited to see where this opportunity takes me”.
Team NAHL will be in Pool B and will compete in round-robin play against Oulun Karpat (Finland), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), and HC Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic). Pool A features Lokomotiv (Russia), Albert Junior Hockey League (Canada), Modo Hockey (Sweden), and HC Davos (Switzerland). All games will be played at the Shayba Arena, which is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at Sochi Olympic Park in Adler, southern rayon of Sochi in Russia.
Team NAHL Schedule (all times Eastern)
Monday, August 19 – Exhibition Game, Team NAHL vs. Krylya Sovetov (Moscow), 6:00am
Saturday, August 24 – Round-Robin Game #1, Team NAHL vs. Oulun Karpat, 12:00pm
Monday, August 26 – Round-Robin Game #2, Team NAHL vs. Red Bull Salzburg, 12:00pm
Wednesday, August 28 – Round-Robin Game #3, Team NAHL vs. HC Ocelari Trinec, 12:00pm
Thursday, August 29 – 5th and 7th place games, 7:00am and 12:00pm
Friday, August 30 – Semi-Final games, 7:00am and 12:00pm
Saturday, August 31 – 3rd place game, 7:00am – Championship Game, 12:00pm
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