Evansville, Ind. – The Evansville IceMen and Head Coach Al Sims have announced the addition of goaltender Christoffer Bengtsberg, defenseman Spencer Humphries and forward Thomas Gobeil for the 2015-16 season.
The IceMen are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators and the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.
Bengtsberg comes to North American for the first time after playing in his native Sweden since the 2006-07 season. In 2006-07, he played for HV71 in the Swedish Elite League (in Jonkoping) playing in 34 games and posting a 2.18 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922. The following year, he returned to HV71 and in 26 games had a goals-against average of 2.38 and save percentage of .923. In 2008, Bengtsberg moved on to the Allsvenskan Swedish Hockey League, which is considered the second highest league in that country. While playing for IF Troja-Ljungby in Ljungby, Sweden he appeared in 46 games in 2012-13, posting a goals-against average of 2.88 and a save percentage of .905 and in 2013-14 he played in 41 games with a 2.80 goals-against and .915 save percentage.
Humphries returns to Evansville after playing in 15 games for the IceMen at the end of the season. Acquired from the Greenville Road Warriors on March 10, the 23-year-old recorded four points (1g-3a) with Evansville after netting 23 points (2g-21a) for Greenville. Prior to coming to the ECHL, Humphries played the 2013-14 season in the KHL with Prague Lev in the Czech Republic. Prior to turning pro, Humphries had an outstanding junior hockey career with both the Tri-City Americans and the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League with his best season coming in 2012-13 in Calgary where in 70 games he scored 38 points (5g-33a) and posted a +30 rating.
Gobeil joins the IceMen following a junior hockey career in which he played in both the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the British Columbia Hockey League. The 20-year-old appeared in 155 games in the QMJHL with Bale-Comeau, Chicoutimi and Val d’Or tallying 50 points (22g-28a) and adding 167 penalty minutes. Last season in the BCHL, Gobeil split time between Cowichan Valley and Victoria where in 41 games he notched 40 points (25g-15a).