The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Brad Thiessen
from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Thiessen, 25, has spent the entire season with WBS, helping to lead the Penguins to a current first-place tie with the Norfolk Admirals in the East Division. In 37 games this season, Thiessen has posted a 20-14-2 record with a 2.88 goals-against average. Thiessen’s 20 wins rank fourth (tied) in the AHL.
Last season the 6-foot, 180-pound netminder had a career year for WBS, winning the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goaltender and teaming with partner John Curry to capture the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award as the goaltending duo to allow the fewest goals in the AHL.
The Aldergrove, British Columbia native led the AHL and set franchise records last season with his 35 wins and seven shutouts. Thiessen posted a 35-8-1 record, 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 46 games.
Thiessen, who was signed by the Penguins as an undrafted free agent on April 8, 2009, has played three AHL seasons with WBS, going 69-39-4 in 113 career games played. He’s also posted a 6-7 mark in 13 career postseason contests.
Thiessen played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Northeastern of Hockey East from 2006-09. He posted a 52-46-12 record in 111 career games.