August 7, 2017
Berschbach and Jenks return to the Walleye
Toledo, OH – Forwards Shane Berschbach (BERSCH-back) and A. J Jenks have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2017-18 season. The two have combined for 332 points over the last three years in Walleye uniforms.
Berschbach, a native of Clawson, Michigan, set a new single season Walleye records with 68 assists and 86 points during the 2016-17. The ECHL named him the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award winner for a second consecutive season and finished as a forward on the All-ECHL Second Team. Heading into this season he is the Walleye All-Time leader in points (216) and also holds the top spot in assists (159).
“Shane has developed into an elite player over the past three seasons,” said Head Coach Dan Watson. “His determination to be great is something special and you can see the desire to reward the Toledo fans with a championship.”
The 26-year-old has appeared in 196 games over the previous three years in Toledo with plus 42 rating. This past season he completed a career best 70 games played. In three playoff seasons he has performed at a point per game with 47 (12G, 35A) in 45 contests. Berschbach was named to the All-ECHL First Team following the 2015-16 season with 67 points featuring a career best 24 goals with 43 assists.
Berschbach spent four years at Western Michigan University prior to turning professional. As a Bronco, he posted 39 goals and 78 assists as was a plus 27 in 146 games. He set career highs as a senior with 16 goals, 22 assists and 38 points. In 2012, the 5’ 10”, 165 pound forward helped Western Michigan to a CCHA Tournament Championship.
Jenks, a native of Wolverine Lake, Michigan, posted a career high 46 points (19G, 27A) in just 46 contests with the Walleye while adding in another goal in seven games for Iowa in the AHL. In three seasons with Toledo, he has 116 points (57G, 59A) spanning 143 contests while playing with a plus 16 rating. Jenks ranks fifth in all-time Walleye games played while he is tied for third in goals and sits fifth in all-time in career assists.
“Power on offense and defense would describe AJ’s tremendous all-around game,” Head Coach Dan Watson said. “His leadership qualities are second to none and he continues to work very hard to improve every facet of his game.”
Since 2009, the 26-year-old has appeared in 211 total ECHL games between Toledo, Florida, Cincinnati and Charlotte with 160 points (79G, 581A). The former 4th Round Pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has also collected 48 points (20G, 28A) in 190 games played in the AHL between Iowa, Grand Rapids, Rochester, San Antonio and Charlotte.
Prior to turning professional, Jenks spent four years with Plymouth of the OHL. He had 193 points (79G, 114A) over 249 games with the Whalers. He set career highs in assists (40) and points (63) in 2009-10 while being a captain for Plymouth.