PITTSBURGH – The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they have re-signed former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers goaltender John Curry.
The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of Pittsburgh of the NHL and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. The head coach of Pittsburgh is former ECHL player Dan Bylsma while the head coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is former ECHL player Todd Reirden.
There were nine individuals with ECHL experience who were part of the Penguins Stanley Cup celebration.
In his first professional season in 2007-08, Curry attended training camp with Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before being assigned to Las Vegas where he was 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .905 in six games before heading to Hanover, Germany for the Deutschland Cup where he helped the United States capture the silver medal. He was reassigned to Wheeling upon his return from Germany and after making one start for the Nailers was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by Pittsburgh.
The 25 year old made his NHL debut on Nov. 26, 2008 entering the game in relief of former ECHL goaltender Dany Sabourin 9:27 into the second period and picked up the win by stopping all 11 shots he faced in a 5-3 victory for the Penguins. He was 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.14 and a save percentage of .913 in three games for Pittsburgh while also playing in the AHL where he was 33-15-1 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.38 and a save percentage of .916 in 50 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
He was named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Week on Feb. 9, 2009 and on Dec. 16, 2007 while also being named the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for December 2007 and to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2007-08.