Hamline News

March 16, 2011

Berenguer signs with New Jersey Devils' ECHL affiliate

The Trenton Devils are a member of the ECHL, North America’s Premier “AA” Hockey League. The Trenton Devils are owned and operated by the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.

Berenguer flew to New Jersey to join the team on Tuesday night.

Berenguer is joining his former teammate at Hamline, defenseman Taylor Vichorek (Moose Lake, Minn.), on the Trenton roster.

"Chris has been great player for us during his four years at Hamline and has a wonderful opportunity to have a professional career in hockey," said Hamline director of athletics Bob Beeman. "I wish him nothing but the very best in this next adventure but am going to miss my interactions with him on campus."

Berenguer, Hamline's only two-time All-American in hockey, was also named the MIAC player-of-the-year for 2010-11. He led all MIAC defensemen with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) this season. His five game-winning goals tied for the most in the MIAC this season, and he ranked in the top seven in the conference in points, goals, assists, power-play points and power-play goals.

Berenguer's All-Conference selection was his third in a row to go along with an All-Conference Honorable Mention honor and All-Rookie Team pick as a first-year.

"This is a great opportunity for Chris, who will go down as one of the best players ever at Hamline and in the MIAC," said Hamline head coach Scott Bell. "It's fun to watch a guy go through such a great career at an NCAA Division III program and then move on to the professional level."

Last Wednesday, March 9th, the same night that he was named the MIAC player-of-the-year, Berenguer scored perhaps the biggest goal of his collegiate career. His power play tally in overtime gave Hamline their first-ever win in an NCAA playoff game. The Pipers won the game 3-2 at UW-Superior.

To read the official press release from the Trenton Devils, click here.

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