Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday that the club has signed defenseman Jeff Penner to an entry-level contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“Jeff is a dynamic skating defenseman who has come a long way in a short period of time,” said Chiarelli. “We commend the staff at Alaska-Fairbanks for identifying him and developing him. We look forward to working with Jeff as he has some exciting tools for today's game.”
Penner, a 5-10, 180-pound defenseman spent the 2007-2008 season playing for the University of Alaska- Fairbanks. During his freshman campaign, Penner scored five goals and had seven assists in 35 games for the Nanooks
Prior to playing for Alaska-Fairbanks, Penner played two seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for the Dauphin Kings. During the 2006-2007 season he had nine goals and 44 assists in 45 regular season games. His 53 points ranked tied for second in scoring among MJHL defensemen, and he led all league defensemen with scoring average of 1.18 points per game. The Steinbach, Manitoba native also received the MJHL’s Lorne Lyndon Memorial Trophy for hockey ability and sportsmanship, which was voted by MJHL coaches.
During his 2005-2006 season with the Dauphin Kings, Penner totaled eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games. During that season he played for the Addison Division team in the MJHL Prospects game and was also named to the MJHL Rookie All-star Team.