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March 28, 2011

Derry, N.H.'s Paul Thompson signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

Paul Thompson, of Derry, N.H., wasted no time to move on with his hockey career as the University of New Hampshire senior has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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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