Brad Thiessen, who has spent the past four seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, has signed with HIFK in the SM-Liga.
Thiessen signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though appeared in no games that season. After the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ended, Thiessen was among a number of players who participated with the Pittsburgh Penguins in practice during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Though he never dressed for a game, Thiessen was with the team when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in game seven to win the Stanley Cup.
On February 24, 2012, Thiessen was recalled by the Penguins and just two days later, he played in his first NHL game, registering his first career NHL win, 4-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. On March 7, 2012, Thiessen recorded his second career win in just as many starts. The Penguins overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Thiessen has proven capable of dominating lower levels, such as college, AHL and ECHL, justifying the fact by boasting a 35-8-1 record with WB/Scranton of the in 2010-2011.
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