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Penguins Sign Goaltender Ty Conklin

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Ty Conklin, it was announced today by Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

Conklin, 31, split the 2006-07 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres, playing in 16 games with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.  He appeared in 11 games with the Blue Jackets, recording a 3.30 GAA and a .871 save percentage.  With Buffalo, he posted a .892 save percentage as he stopped 107 shots in five games.    

The 6-0, 185 pound native of Anchorage, AK,  has appeared in 76 career National Hockey League contests with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres, posting a 30-24-7 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

He has also suited up for 99 career American Hockey League games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hartford Wolf Pack and Syracuse Crunch, recording a 37-39-15 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

Conklin was originally signed by Edmonton as an undrafted free agent on April 18, 2001, after a standout college career at New Hampshire. During his three-year career with the Wildcats, Conklin was 57-23-12 with seven shutouts, a 2.17 GAA and .915 save percentage, establishing school records for GAA, wins, save percentage and games played.

A two-time member of the Hockey East First All-Star Team, Conklin was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team in 2001 when he ranked fourth in the nation with a 2.05 GAA and seventh with a .920 save percentage, and was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

Conklin represented Team USA in net at the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Championship tournaments. He was named the best goaltender and helped earn a bronze medal for Team USA at the 2004 tournament.  

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