RALEIGH, NC (August 21, 2000) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has signed goaltender Bujar Amidovski, center Reggie Berg, and defensemen Harlan Pratt and Jeremiah McCarthy to contracts. As per club policy, no terms were released.
Amidovski (5’11’’, 173 lbs.) split last season between the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) after being signed to a free-agent contract by the Philadelphia Flyers. In six games with the Phantoms, Amidovski, 23, had a record of 3-1 with a goals against average of 1.92. Amidovski was 22-11-3 with the Trenton Titans with a goals against average of 2.49 and two shutouts. He played in five postseason games for the Titans, totaling a 2-3 record and a 3.07 goals against average and one shutout. The Toronto native was named a First All-Star Team selection in the OHL in 1998 and will enter his fourth professional season in 1999-2000.
Berg (5’10’’, 180 lbs.) completed his first professional season last year, playing for the Hurricanes’ ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades. Berg, 23, played in 52 regular season games for the Everblades, scoring 52 points (27g, 25a) and totaling 64 penalty minutes. Berg also played in five playoff games for the Everblades, notching three points (2g, 1a) and six penalty minutes. Berg played four seasons at the University of Minnesota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, collecting 158 points (74g, 84a) in 160 games for the Golden Gophers and was named to the WCHA Second All-Star team in 1998.
Pratt (6’1’’, 195 lbs.), who is the younger brother of former Hurricanes’ defenseman Nolan Pratt, spent last season with the Everblades of the ECHL. The defenseman played in 68 games for Florida, totaling 33 points (4g, 29a) and 38 penalty minutes. Pratt also appeared in five postseason games for the Everblades, notching one assist and two penalty minutes. Pratt will enter his third professional season this year and has totaled 72 points (8g, 64a) in 129 games in the ECHL with Toledo and Florida.
McCarthy (6’0’’, 210 lbs.) spent last season playing for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Massachusetts native played in 43 games for Springfield, notching 14 points (5g, 9a) and 16 penalty minutes. In his two professional seasons with Springfield and the Worcester IceCats, McCarthy totaled 29 points (10g, 19a) in 102 games. McCarthy was teammates with Hurricanes’ Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jason Karmanos at Harvard, where he played four seasons, totaling 59 points (22g, 37a) in 117 games. McCarthy served as Harvard’s team’s captain during the 1997-98 season.