Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today in history: June 19

Ed Reigle: A defenseman who turned professional after World War II and played 35 games for the Capitals from 1944-46, totaling one goal and eight assists. His 13-year pro career was primarily spent in the AHL, although he did play 17 games with the Boston Bruins in 1950-51. He was an AHL Second Team All-Star twice. Reigle played through 1957, but began coaching in 1955 with the North Bay Trappers in Canadian senior hockey. He is best known as one of the pioneers of developing hockey in Europe, helping develop junior and Olympic programs in Sweden, Switzerland and West Germany in the 1960s before returning to North America. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1924 and passed away in 2003.
Shane Berschbach: Ice forward from 2008-10, totaling 32 goals and 47 assists in 98 games. Small in stature -- he is 5-8, 150 -- Berschbach was third on Western Michigan's team with 29 points as a freshman this past season. He also was a big playoff performer, helping lead the Ice to the 2009 Clark Cup with four goals and six assists in 10 playoff games. He had eight goals and nine assists in 19 postseason games over his two years with the Ice. He was a USHL All-Star both of his years with the Ice. A native of Clawson, Michigan, he is 20.

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