April 1, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame senior forward Sam Herr has signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL), the team announced today (April 1).
The AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, the Reign has seven regular-season games remaining on the schedule before the Calder Cup Playoffs, which the team has already clinched a place in.
Herr, who was named the 2016 Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year, played in all 37 games for the Irish this past season, scoring 10 goals and adding eight assists for 18 points. He was the first Notre Dame player to earn Hockey East Defensive Forward of the Year honors.
In Hockey East games, he scored six goals and had four assists for 10 points to go along with a +3 rating. A regular on the penalty kill, Herr has also blocked 24 shots and his four game-winning goals lead the team. In the 15 games in which Herr has notched at least one point this season, the Irish are 12-0-3.
Herr played in 132 career games, scoring 36 goals and adding 28 assists for 64 points. The two-way forward served as an alternate captain for each of the past two seasons and he has scored nine career game-winning goals. He helped the team to the 2013 CCHA Championship and to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
A former Chicago Mission Midget Major player, Herr joined the Irish after playing two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. He will graduate in May with a marketing degree from the Mendoza College of Business.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).