Berger, Newberg Re-sign, Four More Added on PTOs

by Jared Tennant

The Mentor Ice Breakers are proud to announce that forward/defenseman Henry Berger and forward Josh Newberg have been re-signed for the 2020-21 season. Berger has been inked to a standard player contract while Newberg returns on a PTO contract.

Additionally, forwards Dylan Koch, Taylor Powell and Marco Luciani as well as defenseman Dylan Farrell-Reny have signed PTO contracts.

"The team is really starting to take shape, and I think we've put together a good group so far," said Ice Breakers Head Coach Sebastian Ragno. "Only a few more pieces are left in the puzzle."

Last season, Berger led the Ice Breakers in games played, suiting up for 47 contests while chipping in 13 points (5-8-13). The Claremont, California product came to Mentor following two seasons at the NCAA DIII level with Northland College.

Newberg could serve as a veteran presence in the locker room as the 33-year-old has four pro seasons under his belt. He played for four FPHL clubs from 2017-20, including eight games with the Ice Breakers last year. Newberg has 45 points (17-28-45) over 104 career games.

"Berg is a huge asset for us because of his ability to play both forward and defenseman," said Ragno. "Josh will bring a veteran presence to the team and found some chemistry in only a few games here last year."

Last week, the Ice Breakers selected Luciani second overall in the Battle Creek Rumble Bees Dispersal Draft. The 25-year-old hails from Maple, Ontario and capped off his junior career with a 53-point season with the North York Renegades (GMHL) before playing professionally overseas in Italy and Sweden. Luciani was acquired by the Rumble Bees midseason and contributed a 7-11-18 scoring line in 31 outings on a team that was starved for offense. 

"Luc was our number one target in the draft. Bringing him in will add to our revamped offense this season," said Ragno.

Koch is just 20 years old and coming off a three-year career in the WSHL. Last season, he was captain of the Oklahoma City Jr. Blazers before joining the San Diego Sabers, totaling 24 points across 44 games. Meanwhile, Powell last played in 2017-18 for Towson University (ACHA), where he suited up for 96 games over three seasons.

Rounding out the recent signees is Farrell-Reny, a blueliner who played collegiately at Central Maine Community College (ACHA II) before making his pro debut with the FPHL’s North Shore Knights.

"Farrell-Reny brings a few games of experience and was very excited for the opportunity to come to Mentor." Ragno said. "Powell and Koch will be looking to make their mark at tryout camp."

The Ice Breakers are set to return for their third season of play this October. To sign up for the team’s official mailing list and be notified when season ticket details for the upcoming year are released, click here.