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Portland Pirates Sign Evan Oberg and Jordon Southorn

Thursday, Jul. 31st, 2014

Saco, ME – The Portland Pirates today announced the signings of defensemen Evan Oberg and Jordon Southorn. Oberg has been signed to a one-way AHL contract and Southorn agreed to a two-way AHL deal.

Oberg, a 26 year-old Forestberg, Alberta native, is entering his sixth professional season. The 6-foot-1, 191 pound defenseman has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League, playing a total of 283 games. Over his AHL career, Oberg has a scoring total of 23-75-98 with a +8 rating.

He has also played a total of 34 Calder Cup Playoff games, scoring 3-9-12, which includes 2-8-10 in 18 games with the 2012 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.

Last season, Oberg played 60 games for the Chicago Wolves, totaling 6-19-25 with a +22 rating. He has also played for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose (2009-11), Rochester Americans (2011), San Antonio Rampage (2011), Norfolk (2011-12), and Syracuse Crunch (2012-13).

Oberg has played a total of seven games in the National Hockey League; four with the Vancouver Canucks (2009-11) and three with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2011-12). Prior to turning pro, he played two seasons of NCAA hockey with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (2007-09).

Southorn, a 24 year-old Montreal, Quebec native, will begin his fifth professional season in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound defenseman has played the majority of his career in the ECHL, totaling 205 regular season games, scoring 32-68-100 with a +27 rating over that time.

He has also played 20 ECHL playoff games over his career, with a score line of 3-4-7.

Southorn’s ECHL totals last season were 13-23-36 in 56 games split between the Fort Wayne Komets (53 games) and the Elmira Jackals (three games). He has also played in the ECHL for the Trenton Devils/Titans (2010-11) and the Wheeling Nailers (2011-12).

Southorn has only played three career games in the AHL. One of them came last season with Portland while on a professional tryout contract. He registered two assists, the first two points of his AHL career, in a 7-4 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland on March 14.

Prior to last season, Southorn, a Buffalo Sabres fourth round draft pick in 2008, played in two games with the Providence Bruins during the 2011-12 season. Before he turned pro, Southorn played four seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Prince Edward Island Rocket (2006-10). His two-way AHL contract will allow him to play with Portland or with the Gwinnett Gladiators, the Pirates’ ECHL affiliate, next season.

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