The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed left wing Brett Sterling to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal is for the 2010-11 season and is a two-way contract that will pay Sterling $500,000 at the NHL level.
Sterling, 26, has played in 19 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers, recording two goals and four points.
Sterling, who was originally drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has played the majority of his career with Atlanta’s top-minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. In four seasons with Chicago, Sterling scored 144 goals, 119 assists and 263 points in 254 games. He chipped in 14 goals and 30 points in 40 playoff contests for the Wolves.
Sterling tallied 55 goals and 97 points in his first season with Chicago in 2006-07. His 55 goals led the AHL, and he was awarded the Willie Marshall Award (goal-scoring champion) and Dudley “Red” Garret Memorial Trophy as the top AHL rookie. Sterling was named to the All-Rookie Team and an AHL First-Team All Star, as well as winning the All-Star Game MVP, in 2007.
The Los Angeles, California native played two years for the United States National Development Team from 2000-02. He represented his country in three tournaments, twice winning gold. Sterling’s nine goals and 12 points in eight games helped the U.S. Under-18 team capture its first-ever gold medal at the 2002 Under-18 World Championships. He also participated in the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships. Sterling scored three goals in the 2004 tournament to lead the United States to a gold medal.
Sterling (5-foot-7, 175 pounds) played four collegiate seasons with Colorado College. During his college career he totaled 108 goals and 184 points in 149 games. He finished as a Top 3 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after posting 34 goals and 63 points in his junior campaign.