Thunder acquire Bergin, sign four


Glens Falls, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced that they have acquired defenseman Mike Bergin from the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL for future considerations. The Thunder also announced that they have signed defensemen Kyle Brodie and Mike Busillo and forwards Garrett Ladd and Roberts Lipsbergs, to standard player contracts for the 2015-16 season.

Bergin, 27, spent the 2014-15 season with Elmira, his first in the ECHL, where he collected 15 points (3g-12a) over 54 games. Prior to joining Elmira, Bergin spent two seasons playing professionally in Sweden with Sodertalje SK of the Swedish First Division. In 95 career games, the 6’1” defenseman collected 14 points (4g-10a) and 140 penalty minutes, in addition to a +9 cumulative rating over his two seasons. Bergin played his collegiate hockey at nearby RPI in Troy, N.Y., where he skated four seasons on the blueline for the Engineers. Bergin skated in 107 games with RPI, including a career high 39 during his senior season in 2011-12, where he was the Engineers’ captain. Bergin posted a career best 18 points (2g-16a) during his junior season in 2010-11 as he helped to lead RPI to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995.

Brodie, 24, made his professional debut last season with the Stockton Thunder after the conclusion of his final collegiate season with the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. With the Thunder, Brodie collected three points (2g-1a) over four games, including his first professional point, an assist, on April 4 against Ontario and his first professional goal three nights later against Bakersfield. Prior to turning professional, Brodie spent two seasons in Wisconsin, where he recorded 46 points (16g-30a) over 56 games. Brodie also played two seasons at Bemidji State University, where he skated in 16 games and collected three points (2g-1a).

Busillo, 24, made his debut last season with Stockton, as he skated in 15 games and collected an assist. Busillo appeared in 75 career games on the blueline at UMass-Amherst, where he amassed seven points (1g-6a). His +5 rating as a sophomore was tied for second on the team.

Ladd, 24, joined the Stockton Thunder at the end of last season, joining Brodie from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The 5’10” winger appeared in four games and scored in his professional debut against Ontario on April 4. Ladd collected 91 points (37g-54a) in 85 games with the Pointers, including 42 points in his junior season, where he led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in goals (20), assists (22) and points (42) en route to being named WIAC Player of the Year. Like Brodie, Ladd had also previously spent two seasons at Bemidji State, where he appeared in 10 games.

Lipsbergs, 20, made his professional debut last season with the Stockton Thunder. The Riga, Latvia native appeared in 15 games with the Thunder and collected two goals and an assist before he returned to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League to complete his junior hockey career. Throughout his career with the Thunderbirds, Lipsbergs amassed 146 points (79g-67a) in 155 games played. During the 2014-15 season, Lipsbergs was over a point-per-game with 36 points (16g-20a) in 33 games. The winger also amassed 18 points (6g-12a) over 22 career playoff games with Seattle. Lipsbergs has represented Latvia six times internationally, including at the 2014 IIHF World Championships.