DENVER – Former University of Denver captain and four-year (2004-08) standout Andrew Thomas (Bow, N.H.) has signed a one-year entry level minor league contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Thomas is expected to make his professional debut with the Iowa Chops of the American Hockey League this fall.
Thomas guided the Pioneers to their 15th WCHA playoff championship and return trip to the NCAA Tournament en route to a 26-14-1 mark last season. Thomas netted 26 points in 161 career games for the Pioneers and was a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team honoree. He finished his four-year DU career with 100 wins, one NCAA national championship (2005), two WCHA playoff titles, one WCHA regular-season crown and three Wells Fargo Denver Cup championships.
“We are certainly pleased for Andy and his professional opportunity with the Ducks,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Andy did a tremendous job leading our team last season and we wish him the best during his pro career.”
Thomas was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He became a free agent on Aug. 16 after not signing a contract with Washington.
“I’m really excited to join the Anaheim organization,” Thomas said. “I’m hoping to add to Anaheim’s recent success by contributing any way possible. I also look forward to joining former Pioneer teammates Adrian Veideman, Ryan Dingle and Matt Laatsch in Iowa.”