As rumored several weeks ago, Ted Brithén will join SC Bern from Rögle BK for the next two seasons. At the end of 2018, he signed a four-year contract with Rögle, valid until the end of the 2022-23 season. However, his deal contained, according to Klaus Zaugg (Watson), an out clause that would have allowed him to leave the SHL team as long as it is in another country. Brithén is the third import-player under contract with SCB for the upcoming season, the other two being Dustin Jeffrey and goaltender Tomi Karhunen.
Brithén, who is an alternate captain of Rögle BK, recorded 15 goals and 22 assists in 33 games for the SHL team this season. The centerman missed several weeks at the beginning of the season due to a broken jaw.
In addition to the 29-year-old, the Bears have also signed Simon Sterchi. After two seasons with SC Langenthal in the Swiss League, the forward is, therefore, going to return to his formative club for the 2020-21 season. The agreement provides that Sterchi can be flipped to EHC Visp in case he does not find a place in the Bears' lineup.
This year, despite suiting up only 36 times due to a concussion, the 25-year-old set a new personal record for assists and points, with 21 and respectively 36.