West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has acquired the rights to forward Caleb Herbert from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and that named Teigan Zahn has been named Player/Assistant Coach.
In exchange, the Grizzlies send Michael Pelech and Travis Howe to Greenville.
Herbert comes to Utah after leading Greenville in scoring last year with 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points in only 38 games as he also played 23 games in the AHL with Hartford, San Jose and Utica. The 26-year-old Minnesota native has 102 points in 108 career ECHL games with 57 goals and 45 assists. He’s played in 103 AHL games with 12 goals and 15 assists. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“Caleb is a dangerous player every time that he is on the ice,” said Branham. “To be able to add his speed and skill level will be great for us. He will fit in nicely to our group.”
Zahn comes to Utah after spending the 2013-2014 season with the Grizzlies where he had 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists while totaling 146 penalty minutes. With 352 professional games as he enters his seventh professional season, he will also assist Branham and Assistant Coach Ryan Kinasewich as the Grizzlies Player/Assistant Coach. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008 and then by Tampa Bay in 2010.
“Teigan has been a steady defenseman in Colorado for two seasons,” said Branham. “He has one two championships and is a tough customer. We are very happy to have him back.”
“I’d like to thank Mike and Travis for what they have done for me, this team and our organization,” said Branham. “They are both great people, teammates and ambassadors for the community. I wish them nothing but success.”
About The Grizzlies
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.
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