COLLEGIATE STANDOUTS KUDROCH AND BERGIN SIGN WITH OILERS
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers have signed center Kyle Kudroch
and left wing Anthony Bergin
for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
“I’m excited to bring in these two rookies,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “They’re both physical, feisty players who are more than capable of putting up points. They’ve both got the potential to be top rookies and remind me of the some of the outstanding rookies we had last year.”
Kudroch, 5’10” 180-pounds, spent the last four years playing college hockey at Plattsburgh State in New York. He was a teammate of former Oilers standout Dylan Clarke who tied for the team lead in scoring in his first season of professional hockey.
“I’m really good friends with Clarkey,” said Kudroch, who put up a career-high 23 points in 27 games during his senior season with the Cardinals. “He told me it’s a great bunch of guys, a good city to be in, and he told me a lot about Coach Ramsay as well. He told me I’d be given a fair opportunity to prove myself and that’s all I’m looking for at this point is just a chance to show what I can do.”
A Cottam, Ontario native, Kudroch believes he can come out of a Division Three school and follow Clarke’s path of success in the pro ranks.
“I definitely think we get overlooked all the time,” Kudroch remarked. “What Dylan did gave me a lot of confidence that I can go out and play at that level. Just because you play D-3 doesn’t mean you can’t step up and I’m hoping to follow the track Dylan is on right now.”
Bergin joins the Oilers after two seasons at the University of Toronto. The 6’0” 190-pound forward registered 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) during the 2010-11 season for the Varsity Blues and followed up with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in the 2011-12 campaign.
“Playing pro hockey has always been a goal of mine,” Bergin said. “I know a few guys in the CHL and they all had good things to say about Tulsa, the rink, and the team, so I had a good feeling about making this decision.
A 23-year old out of Scarborough, Ontario, Bergin spent time in the Canadian junior ranks with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), North York Rangers (OJHL), and the Markham Waxers (OJHL). Bergin doesn’t know exactly what to expect when he arrives in Tulsa but thinks his college experience will serve him well.
“There are nerves with going pro, but my game has really developed in my two years at UT,” said Bergin. “I’m not going to put any pressure on myself, I just want to work hard and see where it goes and I’m really looking forward to taking this next step.”