Thompson and The Penguins

Pittsburgh, PA- The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms with New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs alum Paul Thompson, signing him to a two-year entry level contract, the team announced today.

Thompson attended the Penguins’ development camp in 2010 and just completed his senior season at New Hampshire. He was awarded the Hockey East Player of the Year Award after posting 52 points this past season and is a finalist for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award.

Prior to enrolling at UNH, the Derry, NH, native played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs from 2005-2007, where he played an integral role in the team’s back-to-back Dineen Cup Championships. He was named the 2007 EJHL Most Valuable Player and his 83 points in the 2006-07 season still holds as the EJHL single-season scoring record.

Thompson will report to the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

-Mike Klein, 2011