April 2, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Edmonton Oilers have announced the signing of Michigan State senior captian Bryan Lerg (Livonia, Mich.) to a two-year NHL entry-level contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Lerg will immediately join the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons, and will join the team on Thursday in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. for the Falcons' Friday game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Pengiuns.
"This is every hockey player's dream - to have an opportunity to play in the National Hockey League," said Lerg. "It's been my dream since I first put on skates at two years old, and I'm very excited about the opportunity to go out and prove myself. I'd like to thank the Oilers for giving me this chance, and I could not be happier to be in their organization.
"I'd also like to thank everyone at Michigan State - not just within the hockey staff, but everyone at the University," the captain continued. "My career at Michigan State allowed me not only to win a National Championship, but also to be a part of one of the best college experiences and hockey programs in the nation. I cannot imagine a better place to have spent my last four years."
The 5'10", 175 pound forward was a four-year player and two-year captain (Captain in 2008, Alternate Captain in 2007) for the Spartans. The 22-year-old finished second on the team in scoring list and ranked 11th in the CCHA with a career-best season that featured a team-best 20 goals along with 19 assists for 39 points. Lerg potted a team-best 10 power play goals and set a career high in points as a senior.
Lerg and his classmates have been a driving force behind one of the most successful eras in MSU hockey. The team is coming off its third-straight NCAA Regional Final appearance, and captured Michigan State's third National Championship in 2007. Lerg twice earned MSU's Outstanding Offensive Player award, and potted a career-high 23 goals and led the NCAA with eight game-winning goals in his junior season.
Lerg wrapped up his career last weekend with a 68-60-128 scoring line in 169 career games in the Green and White.
Prior to joining Michigan State, he played two seasons with the U.S. National Under-18 Team and was a member of the U.S. National Junior Team that won the silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
Michigan State completed the 2007-08 season with a 25-12-5 record, and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the Spartans defeated the WCHA regular-season champion host Tigers before falling to Notre Dame, 3-1.