SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed center Tommy Wingels to a standard NHL entry-level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wingels, 22, spent the last three seasons with Miami University (Ohio) amassing 99 points (43-56=99) in 127 games played. He helped Miami to consecutive Frozen Four appearances in the last two seasons, including the championship game in 2008-09.
This season, Wingels was named captain and finished second on the team in goals (17), fourth in points (17-26=43) and second in game-winning goals (5). His 43 points were tied for 33rd among all NCAA scorers. Following the season, he was named to the 2009-10 CCHA All-Conference Second Team and named CCHA’s “Best Defensive Forward”.
“Tommy’s mix of hockey sense and skill allow him to make an impact in all phases of the game,” said Wilson. “Miami head coach Enrico Blasi has built an extremely strong program at Miami and Tommy was a leader for them during his three years there. We’re excited for him to begin his development at the professional level.”
The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Evanston, IL was selected by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.