WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed goaltender Tommy Nappier to a three-year, American Hockey League contract beginning in the 2020-21 season.
Nappier, 22, had one of the most prolific goaltending careers in Ohio State University men’s hockey history. In 2018-19, he was named Big Ten Goalie of the Year after leading the conference with a .934 save percentage, 1.86 goals against average and four shutouts. His 1.86 goals against average also established a new single-season program record. One year later, Nappier was voted the Buckeyes’ Team MVP after placing second in the Big Ten in save percentage (.932), goals against average (2.04) and wins (17).
At the end of his four years at Ohio State, Nappier ranks third all-time in Buckeyes history with a .925 career save percentage, fourth in career shutouts (8) and fifth in career goals against average (2.31).
The native of St. Louis, Missouri is coming off his senior season with Ohio State, during which he placed second in the nation with 700 total saves. During the 2020-21 campaign, Nappier recorded a 7-16-1 record, 3.28 goals against average and .906 save percentage with the Buckeyes.
Nappier had also previously attended Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp in 2018.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 19, against the Syracuse Crunch. Friday’s contest against the Crunch will also be the Penguins’ first home game with fans in attendance this season. Puck drop between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Fans who wish to purchase individual game tickets for the Penguins’ remaining games in March or become a season ticket member for the upcoming 2021-22 season can contact the team’s front office at (570) 208-PENS.