Bryan Lerg

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Bryan Lerg
Born (1986-01-20) January 20, 1986 (age 28)
Livonia, Michigan
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
San Jose Sharks
Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Genève-Servette HC
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present

Bryan Lerg (born January 20, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey Forward who currently plays with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, whilst under contract with the San Jose Sharks organization of the National Hockey League. Lerg played college hockey with Michigan State University where he helped the Spartans win a national championship in 2007.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted and much like his cousin Jeff, Lerg was of a small physique as a junior. A solid checker he played a strong, gritty game for his small stature. Opting to play collegiate hockey, in his freshman season with the Michigan State Spartans, Lerg accumulated 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists). By his Sophomore season, he had 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) and in his junior season was given the honor of alternate captain and scored 36 points (23 goals, 13 assists), leading the Spartans to a national championship, in which he scored 8 game-winning goals to lead the NCAA. He was elected captain of the Spartans by team vote for the 2007-08 season and accumulated 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) to be named the Spartans Offensive player of the year for a second time.

At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Lerg was signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on April 1, 2008.[1] He immediately made his professional debut at the end of the 2007–08 season with affiliate, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

After attending his first Oilers training camp, Lerg was re-assigned to the Falcons to begin the 2008–09 season.[2] Despite injury, Lerg scored 17 points in 42 games with the Falcons while also spending time in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder. In the following season, Lerg suffered another injury and with a loss of form, struggled to cement his place within the Oilers farm team, scoring 7 points in 36 contests.

Unable to earn another contract with the Oilers, and with a lack of NHL interest, Lerg signed a try-out contract with Swiss team, Genève-Servette HC, of the Nationalliga A. Appearing in just a single game for Genève-Servette in the 2010–11 season, he returned to North America and the AHL, signing a one-year contract with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on December 8, 2010. Lerg made an immediate contribution with the Penguins and posted 32 points in 65 games to earn a one-year contract extension on July 13, 2011.[3]

Prior to the 2011–12 season with Wilkes-Barre, Lerg was invited and attended the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp.[4] After he was returned to their affiliate, Lerg produced a team leading and career high 27 goals to finish second on the team with 53 points.

On July 1, 2012, Lerg was signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[5] With the 2012 NHL lockout in affect, Lerg was directly assigned to American League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to start the 2012–13 campaign. Shortly after the resumption of the season, he was announced as team captain on October 30, 2012.[6] In the midst of a productive campaign with the Monsters in scoring 9 goals in 28 games, Lerg's season was cut short after he suffered a season-ending torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury which required surgery.[7]

On April 22, 2013, Lerg agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

After two seasons within the Avalanche organization, Lerg left as a free agent to sign a one-year, two way contract with the San Jose Sharks on July 10, 2014.[8]

Personal information[edit]

He is the cousin of former teammate Jeff Lerg.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 46 10 12 22 32
2003–04 U.S. National Team Development Program NAHL 11 5 7 12 10
2004–05 Michigan State University CCHA 41 10 5 15 14
2005–06 Michigan State University CCHA 45 15 23 38 26
2006–07 Michigan State University CCHA 41 23 13 36 21
2007–08 Michigan State University CCHA 42 20 19 39 18
2007–08 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Springfield Falcons AHL 42 9 8 17 24
2008–09 Stockton Thunder ECHL 7 2 8 10 4
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 36 4 3 7 11
2010–11 Genève-Servette HC NLA 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 64 15 16 31 21 9 1 2 3 4
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 70 27 26 53 32 12 0 2 2 4
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 28 9 7 16 6
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 35 12 15 27 4
AHL totals 280 76 78 154 100 21 1 4 5 8
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Silver 2004 Minsk

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WJC18 Silver medal icon.svg 6 2 6 8 2
Junior totals 6 2 6 8 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oilers sign Bryan Lerg". Edmonton Oilers. 2008-04-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  2. ^ "Chorney's journey comes to Camrose". Edmonton Oilers. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  3. ^ "WBS Penguins extend Bryan Lerg". Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Penguins reduce training camp roster by three players". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Avalanche signs six players". Colorado Avalanche. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Lerg named Captain, Alternates also announced". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Sutherby named new Monsters Captain". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Sharks sign forward Bryan Lerg". San Jose Sharks. 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 

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