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Thomas DiPauli signs contract with Penguins

Free agent forward was Capitals' fourth-round draft pick in 2012 @NHLdotcom

Forward Thomas DiPauli signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

DiPauli (5-foot-11, 197 pounds), was selected by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (No. 100) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He played the past four seasons at the University of Notre Dame, where he had 30 goals, 78 points and a plus-29 rating in 145 games.

He did not sign a contract with the Capitals and became a free agent on Tuesday.

DiPauli, 22, had career highs of 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games as an alternate captain for Notre Dame last season. He was a Hockey East All-Star honorable mention and was voted the offensive most valuable player at Notre Dame.

DiPauli was born in Caldaro, Italy, and moved to Downers Grove, Ill., to play hockey for the Chicago Mission when he was 12.

He has represented the United States in several international events, most recently in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He had three assists in five games.

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