ANAHEIM, CA – The first goaltender to play for the Springfield Thunderbirds is leaving for sunnier pastures. On Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks, the parent club of the San Diego Gulls, announced they have signed veteran goaltender Reto Berra to a one-year contract through the 2017-18 season.
Berra spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Springfield Thunderbirds, making 31 starts with a record of 12-14-5 with a 2.53 goals against average to go with a save percentage of .910 and three shutouts. Berra also played in seven games with the Florida Panthers, losing five of those seven appearances.
The 30-year old out of Bulach, Switzerland started his career playing in the Swiss-A and Swiss-B league from 2003-13. He made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames and AHL debut with the Abbotsford Heat during the 2013-14 campaign. He appeared in nine games with the Heat in the AHL with a record of 4-3-1, a 2.66 goals against average and a save percentage of .908.
Berra signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the 2014-15 season, playing in five games, sporting a record of 3-1-1, with a 2.57 goals against average and a save percentage of .914. During that season, he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche, where he appeared 19 games, put up a record of 5-4-1, with a 2.65 goals against average and a save percentage of .918.
Berra also played for the San Antonio Rampage and the Colorado Avalanche during the 2015-16 season. He logged 16 games with the Rampage, with a record of 7-7-0, a 3.39 goals against average and a save percentage of .901. He also played in 14 games with the Avalanche, sporting a record of 5-8-0, to go with a 2.41 goals against average and a .922 save percentage of .922.
Berra has represented his home of Switzerland in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games along with the World Championships from 2012-16. He won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2013.
Berra was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL Draft in the fourth round, 106th overall.