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Winnipeg Jets sign University of Maine defenceman Will O'Neill to contract

Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 2:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets sign University of Maine defenceman Will O'Neill to contract

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets signed defenceman Will O'Neill to an entry-level contract Tuesday.

O'Neill will report to the club's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, on an amateur tryout.

The 23-year-old played in 40 games with the University of Maine during the 2011-12 season, recording 33 points (three goals, 30 assists) and 68 penalty minutes.

In four seasons with the Black Bears, O'Neill had 101 points (19 goals, 82 assists) and 263 penalty minutes in 141 games.

The native of Salem, Mass., was taken by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round, 210th overall, in the 2006 NHL draft.

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

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