ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wings Shawn Thornton and Pierre Parenteau to one-year contracts. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deals were disclosed.
Thornton, 29 (7/23/77), has appeared in 31 career NHL games (all with Chicago), earning 2-1=3 points with 70 penalty minutes. A 6-1, 209-pound forward, Thornton went scoreless with 16 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Blackhawks in 2005-2006. He also played in 59 games with Norfolk of the AHL, earning 10-22=32 points with 192 penalty minutes.
A native of Oshawa, Ontario, Thornton was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Parenteau, 23 (3/24/83), played with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League in 2005-2006, his third professional season. He finished tied for second on the club and tied for sixth in AHL playoff scoring with 5-17=22 points in 19 games. The Hull, Quebec, native ranked third on the club during the regular season with 22-27=49 points in 56 games.
The 5-11, 195-pound forward was drafted by Anaheim in the ninth round (264th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.