Penguins Recall Goaltender Brad Thiessen from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Brad Thiessen from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Thiessen, 25, was also recalled by Pittsburgh earlier this week, serving as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win against the New York Rangers. Thiessen has spent the majority of the season with WBS, posting a 20-14-2 record and 2.88 goals-against average in 37 games. Thiessen’s 20 wins rank fourth (tied) in the AHL.
Last season the 6-foot, 180-pound netminder had a career year for WBS, winning the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goaltender and teaming with partner John Curry to capture the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award as the goaltending duo to allow the fewest goals in the AHL.
The Aldergrove, British Columbia native led the AHL and set franchise records last season with his 35 wins and seven shutouts. Thiessen posted a 35-8-1 record, 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 46 games.
Thiessen, who was signed by the Penguins as an undrafted free agent on April 8, 2009, has played three AHL seasons with WBS, going 69-39-4 in 113 career games played. He’s also posted a 6-7 mark in 13 career postseason contests.
Thiessen played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Northeastern of Hockey East from 2006-09. He posted a 52-46-12 record in 111 career games.