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Thiessen Leaves Northeastern

CHN Staff Report

Brad Thiessen, whose three years at Northeastern coincided with the team's emergence from cellar dwellars to national contender, will leave the program after three seasons. He signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Thiessen, who was just named part of this year's Hobey Hat Trick, and was Hockey East Player of the Year, finished the season 25-12-4, playing every minute of every game. He finished with 2.12 goals against average and .930 save percentage. Northeastern was eliminated last weekend by Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Aldergrove, British Columbia, native had a .921 save percentage as a freshman, slipping to .914 last year before rebounding this season.

Former Hockey East Player of the Year John Curry, from Boston University, is also in the Penguins' system, as is this year's CCHA Player of the Year Chad Johnson of Alaska-Fairbanks. Pittsburgh also signed Northeastern teammate Joe Vitale.

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