PENGUINS SIGN COLLEGE FREE AGENT MARK LETESTU
Center Mark Letestu has agreed to the terms of a two-year, entry-level contract with the Penguins, it was announced Thursday by Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
Letestu, 22, recently completed his freshman season with the Western Michigan Broncos, leading the team with 24 goals, five shorthanded goals and 46 points. He also ranked tied for first on the team with seven power play goals and three game-winning goals.
The 5-11, 195 pound native of Elk Point, Alberta, placed tied for sixth among all NCAA skaters in goals and tied for 14th in points, while his five shorthanded tallies led the entire nation. Letestu led all freshmen scorers across the NCAA in points, and was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year.
Letestu played four seasons with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Albert Junior Hockey League, leading league in scoring with 105 points (50+55) in 58 games during the 2005-06 season. That performance led him to be named the AJHL.