Hockey's Paul Thompson Signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior Paul Thompson (Derry, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team has signed a two-year entry level contract, it was announced by Pittsburgh Penguins' executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Thompson is expected play with the club's AHL affiliate Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins this weekend.

Thompson, who is a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist, was the Hockey East Player of the Year. The 2011 Hockey East scoring champion was a unanimous selection as a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Thompson was a two-time Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Month (Nov. and Jan.) and a three-time Hockey East's Athletic Republic Player of the Week. He ranks second in the nation in both power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven) as well as ninth in points per game (1.37) and sixth in goals per game (0.74). Thompson lead Hockey East in points (52), goals (28), power-play goals and game-winning goals, as well as third in power-play points (22) and ninth in assists (24).

Thompson and the Wildcats finished the 2010-11 season with a 22-11-6 overall record and qualified for the NCAA's for the 10th-consecutive season. The 'Cats advanced to the Regional Finals for the third-straight season, becoming the only team in the nation with wins in each of the last three years.

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