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PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS THOMAS TO WILKES-BARRE

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Bill Thomas to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Thomas, 25, played 11 games during his latest stint with Pittsburgh , registering three points (two goals, one assist) along with two penalty minutes. He has scored three points (two goals, one assist) in 16 games and three stints with the Penguins this season. Thomas has played in 36 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, collecting 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) along with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. The Pittsburgh native played seven games with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2007-08 regular season, including 15:22 of ice time on December 3rd vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played 75 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). Thomas tallied 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) along with 40 penalty minutes with the Rampage. Thomas played in seven playoff games with San Antonio , scoring three points (one goal, two assists). The 6-1, 185-pound forward has 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 56 career games in the NHL with Phoenix and Pittsburgh . He made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season. Thomas was originally signed by Phoenix as a free agent on March 27, 2006.

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