We’ve known this was coming since Friday, but it Monday it was made official: Jonas Siegenthaler is joining the Hershey Bears once again.
The six-foot-three-inch defenseman will join the Hershey Bears for the final month of the regular season after playing for the Zurich Lions of the National League A in Switzerland this season. Siegenthaler was expected to start the 2016-17 season in Hershey but returned home to Switzerland for personal reasons.
The Hershey Bears and Washington Capitals have announced defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler has exercised his option to return to Switzerland.
The Switzerland native played six games for Hershey, scoring his first AHL point in his first AHL game against Lehigh Valley in Hershey’s 8-0 win on March 23.
Siegenthaler, 18, was drafted by Washington in 2015, 57th overall in the second round. Bears PR director Scott Stuccio said Siegenthaler is expected to return in July for Capitals developmental camp.
In Hershey’s historic 8-0 win last night over Lehigh Valley, the newest Hershey Bear Jonas Siegenthaler scored his first AHL point with an assist on Erik Burgdoerfer‘s second period goal.
“It was a good, high paced game,” the 18-year-old said after the win. “I really enjoyed to play with the Bears. It was a lot of fun.
“They’re great guys; they’re helping you all the time. I would not say [tonight] was easy, but since the team helps you a lot, it made [my first game] easier.”