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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Forward had 45 points during rookie season in American Hockey League


Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Patrick Dwyer to a two-year contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Dwyer $450,000 in 2006-07 and $475,000 in 2007-08. At the American Hockey League (AHL) level, it will pay him $50,000 per year. Dwyer also receives a $25,000 signing bonus.

“Pat was identified as a player who would be a good addition as a depth forward for our organization,” said Karmanos. “He has excellent speed and is coming off a strong first season in the American League.”

Dwyer, 23, completed his first full professional season in 2005-06, tallying 16 goals and 29 assists (45 points) and registering a plus-15 plus/minus rating for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The Great Falls, MT, native ranked fifth among Wolves skaters in points, fifth in assists, and tied for third in plus/minus. Originally selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Dwyer made his professional hockey debut in 2004-05 after completing his collegiate career at Western Michigan University. He tallied five assists in 14 regular season games and one assist in two playoff games with Gwinnett of the ECHL. Dwyer (5’11’’, 170 lbs.) totaled 45 goals and 56 assists (101 points) in 142 career games for Western Michigan of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).

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