LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year entry-level contract with forward Jeff Tambellini, Kings Senior Vice President/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Tambellini, 21, served as alternate captain and led the University of Michigan (CCHA) in points (57), goals (24), assists (33) and game-winning goals (5) while compiling 32 penalty minutes in 42 games during the 2004-05 season. The 5-11, 186-pound native of Port Moody, British Columbia, and son of Steve Tambellini – vice president of the Vancouver Canucks and a 10-year NHL veteran – received the CCHA's Scholar Athlete Award and was selected All-CCHA First Team.
In addition, Tambellini was named CCHA Tournament MVP after registering the game-winning goal for the Wolverines in their 4-2 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the CCHA Championship Game, played on March 19 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Tambellini added three more goals and five points (3-2=5) in two NCAA tournament games with the Wolverines, who saw their season end with a 4-3 setback against the Colorado College Tigers (WCHA) in the Midwest Regional Finals on March 26.
Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Tambellini - a three-time CCHA Player of the Week in 2004-05 (November 8, January 10 and February 21) - registered 129 points (65-64=129) and 74 penalty minutes in 124 career games with the Wolverines.