Manchester Assigns Bernakevitch,
Werner, Hanchuk To Reading

READING, Pa. – The Reading Royals announced that they have been assigned rookie forward Brendan Bernakevitch and defensemen Eric Werner and Tyler Hanchuk by the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Monarchs of the AHL and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.

The 23-year-old Bernakevitch played four years at Harvard Univeristy where he was selected the Most Valuable Player at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament as a junior after scoring the game-winning goal in the semifinals and assisting on the game winner in the finals.

Werner, who appeared in one game with Manchester, played four years at the University of Michigan where he was selected to the Central Collegiate Conference All-Rookie Team as a freshman after leading league defensemen with 20 assists in 43 games.

Selected in the third round (79th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Hanchuk had nine assists and 134 penalty minutes in 60 games with Topeka of the Central Hockey League and also played one game in the AHL with Milwaukee in 2004-05.

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