The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Joey Mormina to a one-year contract, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Mormina, 26, played 77 games and registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and 96 penalty minutes for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2007-08 season. The 6-6, 220-pound native of Montreal, Quebec also appeared in seven playoff games for Albany. He was recalled by the Carolina Hurricanes on February 14th and made his NHL debut that night posting four hits vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mormina played two seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL scoring 24 points (two goals, 22 assists) over 123 games. He also played eight playoff games with the club. Prior to his professional career, Mormina played four seasons at Colgate University. In 141 games, he recorded 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists).
Mormina was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (193rd overall) in the 2002 NHL Draft.