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Penguins Sign Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff and Forward Riley Holzapfel

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to a two-year contract, and forward Riley Holzapfel to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Both contracts are two-way deals worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

Zatkoff, 25, played the last four years in the Los Angeles Kings organization after being drafted by the Kings in the third round (74th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Last year, Zatkoff posted a 21-17-1 record, 2.49 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 44 regular-season games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), earning him an AHL All-Star Game berth.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Zatkoff has appeared in 114 career AHL games with Manchester, going 52-45-6 while posting a 9.15 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. Zatkoff’s save percentage was .911 or higher in each of his three full seasons with Manchester.

Zatkoff, who stands 6-foot-3, 179 pounds, represented the United States at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden, helping the Americans earn a bronze medal.

Zatkoff played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Miami University (Ohio) from 2005-08, going 55-21-5 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. His best season came as a junior when he went 27-8-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage when he was a CCHA Second-Team All-Star. He was also named CCHA All-Conference honorable mention as a sophomore and conference rookie of the year as a freshman.

Holzapfel, 23, split the 2011-12 season between the St. John’s Ice Caps and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying 16 goals and 37 points in 57 games. He added one assist in four postseason games with Syracuse.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Holzapfel was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft. Holzapfel has spent the past four seasons playing in the AHL for the Chicago Wolves, St. John’s and Syracuse. In 259 career AHL games, Holzapfel has tallied 48 goals, 71 assists and 119 points. He has added four assists in 18 postseason contests.

Holzapfel, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, played four seasons of junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2004-08. His best season came in 2006-07 when he amassed 39 goals, 43 assists and 82 points in 72 games.

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