Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have re-signed right wing Bill Thomas (700K ) to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Thomas, 24, played 24 games with the Coyotes last season, registering 8-6-14 and 2 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward also collected 13-20-33 and 20 PIM with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) last season.
Thomas originally signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on March 27, 2006 and recorded 1-2-3 and 8 PIM in 9 games at the end of the 2005-06 season.
Before joining the Coyotes, Thomas enjoyed two tremendous seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In the 2005-06 season, Thomas collected 27-23-50 and 43 PIM in 41 games and earned CCHA First Team All-Conference honors. His 27 goals led the CCHA and ranked 5th in NCAA Divisions I. Thomas led freshmen in the nation in scoring with 19-26-45 in 39 games and was named CCHA Rookie of the Year in 2004-05.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Thomas played for Tri-City of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He led the team in scoring in 2003-04, collecting 31-38-69 in 60 games. Thomas played in the USHL All-Star Game and earned Tri-City’s team MVP award. He also led the USHL in playoff scoring that season with 8-6-14 in 9 games.