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Penguins Sign Patric Hornqvist to a Five-Year Contract Extension

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal begins with the 2018-19 season and runs through the 2022-23 campaign, and it carries an average annual value of $5.3 million. 

Hornqvist gives the Penguins seven players locked up through at least the 2021-22 season, joining Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta. 

Hornqvist, 31, etched himself a prominent place in Penguins' franchise history when he scored the 2017 Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 against Nashville last season.

Video: PIT@NSH, Gm6: Hornqvist banks in late go-ahead goal

Already a two-time Stanley Cup champion, the 5-foot-11, 189-pound Hornqvist is in the midst of another solid regular season this year with 17 goals, 15 assists, 32 points and 10 power-play goals in 51 games. Earlier this season, he joined former NHL defenseman Kim Johnsson as the only two final draft choices in NHL history to appear in 600 or more games.

A native of Sollentuna, Sweden, Hornqvist played a vital role during Pittsburgh's back-to-back championship runs. In 2016, he finished with 13 points (9G-4A) in 24 playoff contests. Hornqvist scored the empty-net goal in Game 6 against San Jose that provided much-needed insurance in a 3-1 victory that sealed the franchise's fourth Cup. Earlier in the playoffs, he scored an overtime goal in Game 4 against the Capitals, the Pens' first-ever playoff OT win at PPG Paints Arena. 

Last year, Hornqvist produced five goals, four assists and nine points in 19 postseason appearances. He was at his best in the Second Round against Washington, when he scored the opening goal in Game 4 with Crosby sidelined. Later, in the 2-0 Game 7 win at the Verizon Center, he tallied early in the third period to put Pittsburgh in position to finish off the Presidents' Trophy winner.

Hornqvist began his career with the Nashville Predators, who selected him with the final pick of the 2005 NHL Draft in the seventh round (230th overall). He was acquired by Pittsburgh alongside Nick Spaling in a blockbuster draft-day deal on June 27, 2014 that sent James Neal to the Predators.

One of the most consistent forwards on the Penguins' roster, Hornqvist tallied at least 20 goals and 40 points in each of the previous four seasons. He has 394 points (191G-203A) in 630 career games with Nashville and Pittsburgh. 

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