Sep 29, 2022

Rochester Americans General Manager Jason Karmanos announced today that the team has signed veteran forward Michael Mersch to a one-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.


Named team captain ahead of the 2021-22 season, Michael Mersch was an integral part of the Amerks' success, both on and off the ice. Amerks head coach Seth Appert has consistently praised Mersch's example.


Mersch, who signed a two-year AHL deal with Rochester prior to the 2021-22 campaign, posted career-highs in goals (26), assists (28) and points (54) in 65 games last season while serving as team captain. He also appeared in five Calder Cup Playoff contests during the Amerks’ run to the North Division Semifinals.

The nine-year pro has appeared in 470 career AHL games between the Amerks, Texas Stars, Ontario Reign and Manchester Monarchs, totaling 318 points (156+162) while also adding 35 points (16+19) in 49 Calder Cup Playoff games. Additionally, Mersch, a five-time 20-goal scorer in the AHL who won a Calder Cup with Manchester in 2015, has skated in 17 career NHL contests with the Los Angeles Kings, tallying a goal and a pair of assists.

Prior to turning pro, the Park Ridge, Illinois, native completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA), where he registered 120 points (67+53) in 157 games with the Badgers from 2010-2014. As a senior, he was named an All-Big Ten First Team selection and earned AHCA West Second-Team All-American honors.

He was originally drafted by the Kings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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