AHL: Hershey Reinforces Defense; Signs Defenseman Colin Swoyer From Rival

Defenseman Colin Swoyer signs with former rival and defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears. Photo Credit: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears announced the signing of defenseman Colin Swoyer to an American Hockey League contract for the 2023-24 season on Aug. 2 as the club continues to add players to help in the defense of the Calder Cup.

Swoyer joins the reigning champions after skating last season with the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 36 games, the right-handed defenseman scored one goal and 10 assists for 11 points.

Swoyer was also assigned to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers last season for six games, notching a primary assist. With the Nailers last season, Swoyer was a teammate of former Washington Capitals head Coach Peter Laviolette’s son.

Prior to turning pro, Swoyer played four seasons at Michigan Tech, compiling 14 goals and 58 assists for 72 points. The Hinsdale, Illinois native signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a one-year, entry-level contract following his collegiate career and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Swoyer entered this offseason as a pending restricted free agent but did not receive a qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

With the signing of Swoyer, the Bears continue to reinforce their blue line, having already signed/re-signed 8 defensemen. The Hershey Bears start their defense of the Calder Cup on Oct. 14.

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