Swedish winger Robin Bergman, who played 20 games for NCAA runner-up University of Notre Dame last season, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in the fall.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Bergman, a native of Stockholm, has 16 goals and 17 assists in 45 games for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States [junior] Hockey League this season. He is fourth on the team in scoring and has six power-play goals, which is third best on the team.
Bergman had a goal and six assists in 20 games for the Fighting Irish last season before leaving school.
The 20-year-old has played for Cedar Rapids for parts of three seasons and is the third player in franchise history to reach the 50-goal plateau. He has 50 goals and 46 assists.
“He can score goals,” said Cedar Rapids coach and general manager Mark Carlson. “He’s a big guy who skates well. I think he’ll fit in real well with Maine and coach [Tim] Whitehead and the way [Whitehead] likes to do things.
“He has scored a lot of power-play goals for us in three years. He’s not the most physical guy but he wins puck battles and drives the net. He’ll certainly have a chance to be an impact player next year,” added Carlson.
Bergman said he chose Maine “because I love the rink and the atmosphere there and I was comfortable with the coaching staff. They believe in me. And they have a great hockey tradition and a well-established program. It will be a good fit for me.”
He said he left Notre Dame because it was difficult to balance the academics and the hockey as a “true freshman from Sweden.
“I wasn’t ready for it at that time,” said Bergman.
He will join fellow Swedes Gustav Nyquist and Theo Andersson with the Black Bears.
“They’re two great guys. It’ll be fun having a couple of Swedes on the team with me next year,” said Bergman, a lefthand shot who can play both wings.
He intends to work on his strength and speed over the summer to prepare for the season.
Bergman’s coming to Maine is contingent upon his being accepted by the school and his compliance with NCAA eligibility requirements.