Bermejo moved from Mexico to Lithuania last year to advance his ice hockey career and study in Vilnius. The Mexicans hoped he would rejoin the national team at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B on home ice in Mexico City but he suffered a serious shoulder injury early in the season in the Lithuanian league where he played for the Hockey Punks Vilnius and was working on his comeback for next season.
Bermejo grew up in Mexico. His father Francisco worked for many years in the Ministry of Sports while his Lithuanian mother Ausra works as a figure skating coach in Mexico. Arunas Bermejo got involved in the national team program already when he was a baby. His mother worked as a physio and translator for the Mexican U20 team when it played in Kaunas while Mexican Ice Hockey Federation President Joaquin de la Garma and his delegation sometimes took care of the baby when his mother was absent.
“All the 2,000 persons in the rink were very sad and most of them crying. We had a minute of silence. I gave some words and we put his Mexican jerseys in the Mexican flag and also a big flowers crown with his picture.”
Mexican player Jorge Perez, who received a Tissot watch as Best Player of his team in the tournament, took the microphone at the closing ceremony to dedicate the prize to his deceased friend and will give the watch to Bermejo’s parents.
Bermejo played his junior hockey in Mexico before moving to the United States when he was 18 to play three seasons in the junior league Western States Hockey League for the Phoenix Knights, Lake Tahoe Icemen and Valencia Flyers. During the off-season he moved to Lithuania to start his senior hockey career.
He played for the Mexican senior national team in the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group B as well as two U20 and two U18 World Championship events.