Hershey Bears Sign Defenseman Colin Swoyer To One-Year Contract

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The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed right-handed defenseman Colin Swoyer to an American Hockey League contract for the 2023-24 season. Swoyer, 25, joins the Bears after spending the 2022-23 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Penguins signed the undrafted defenseman out of Michigan Tech to an entry-level contract in March of 2022. Swoyer skated in 36 games with the Penguins, registering 11 points (1g, 10a) in his rookie campaign and tallied his first career AHL goal on Feb. 3 at Springfield on the power play. The blue liner also skated in six games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers last season, tallying an assist.

Swoyer entered this offseason as a pending restricted free agent but did not receive a qualifying offer, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Skating is one of Swoyer’s strengths, as his father, Jim, is a skating coach. It was at his father’s skating sessions that he met defenseman and former Capitals prospect Connor Carrick, who he called his “biggest inspiration” growing up.

Prior to turning pro, the Hinsdale, Illinois native played four seasons at Michigan Tech, compiling 72 points (14g, 58a). He was a two-time Second Team All-Conference member.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Hershey Bears Sign Defenseman Colin Swoyer To One-Year Contract

  1. dwgie26 says:

    Really loading up with RD in Hershey. Iorio, McIlrath. Priskie. Day. Swoyer. Mass.

    Two of those guys are going to SC.

    Hopefully Chesley next year.

    • Eric Lord says:

      Swoyer & Maass will both start in South Carolina barring injury. They aren’t playing over McIlrath, Iorio or Day. Also, Ness can play on the right side.

  2. novafyre says:

    The South Carolina Stingrays have signed defenseman Jon McDonald for the 2023-24 season.

    McDonald, 25, spent the last five seasons with UMass-Lowell River Hawks and suited up for 10 games for the Toledo Walleye last season following the conclusion of his college career.

    The Livonia, Michigan native played in 142 career games for the River Hawks and earned the reputation of a stay-at-home defenseman.

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