Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thrashers Re-sign Restricted Free Agent Forward Brett Sterling

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Brett Sterling to a multiple-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sterling, 24, appeared in 13 games over two stints with the Thrashers last season, recording three points (one goal, two assists) during his first NHL season. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 5 vs. Washington, recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey and scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 20 at Tampa Bay.

The 5-7, 180-pound left wing also tallied 70 points (38 goals, 32 assists) in 70 regular-season games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in 2007-08. He added nine points (four goals, five assists) in 16 playoff games, helping the Wolves to the 2008 Calder Cup Championship, and was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team.

The Los Angeles, California native has recorded 168 points (93 goals, 75 assists) in 147 career AHL games with Chicago. He also has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 31 career Calder Cup Playoff games. Sterling was named the winner of the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Trophy as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year and won the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s leading scorer during his first professional season in 2006-07.

Prior to his professional career, Sterling played four seasons at Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association from 2002-06. He recorded 184 points (108 goals, 76 assists) in 150 games with the Tigers and was a Top-10 Finalist for the 2005-06 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the nation’s top college hockey player.

Sterling was selected by the Thrashers in the fifth round, 145h overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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