07/30/2018 2:45 PM
West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has acquired forward Matt Berry from the Florida Everblades in exchange for future considerations.
“Being able to get Matt Berry back is going to fit right in to the mold that we have,” said Branham. “A fast team of high skill level guys that can put the puck in the net.”
Berry returns to Utah where he had 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points in 38 games during his rookie season in 2015-2016 while under contract with the Anaheim Ducks organization.
“When he’s working hard out there, there’s no one that can skate with him and he can put the puck in the net for sure,” said Branham. “We’re going to continue to surround him with guys that have similar ability and as long as they bring their work ethic, each and every day, they’re going to be tough to defend.”
The Michigan State product had 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 42 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades this past season and has 54 goals and 89 assists for 143 points in 150 ECHL games. He has 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 24 career playoff games.
“He reached out, he talked to his coaches there in Florida and said he wanted to come back to Utah so we made it happen,” said Branham. “You want guys that want to be here and when you have a group that wants to be there, really special things can happen.”
About The Grizzlies
The Grizzlies enter their 24th season in Utah in 2018-2019; having qualified for the playoffs in 17 of their first 23 seasons and in ten of their last eleven.
Utah is led by sixth-year Head Coach and General Manager Tim Branham, the longest tenured Head Coach in team history and the second-longest tenured Head Coach in the ECHL. The 37-year-old’s next win will make him the most winning Head Coach in team history as he currently stands at 178-136-45.
The Grizzlies drew a modern day record of 203,990 fans to Maverik Center in 2017-2018 with two sellout crowds of over 10,000 fans and nine crowds of over 7,000 fans as they ranked 5th in the 27-team ECHL in attendance for a second-straight year with an average of nearly 6,000 fans-per-game.
The Grizzlies open the regular season on Friday, October 12 against Rapid City at Maverik Center.
Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season are on sale now and include: free parking, free buddy passes, first round of the playoffs for free, unused ticket exchange, a personalized season ticket holder gift and more. Visit utahgrizzlies.com
or call (801) 988-8000 for more information.