PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they have re-signed defenseman David Koci, who played for the Wheeling Nailers as a rookie in 2001-02. The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate for the Penguins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, Koci had six points (2g-4a) and 105 penalty minutes in 33 games with Wheeling and four points (1g-3a) and 98 penalty minutes in 26 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Koci returned to Wheeling in 2002-03 and had one assist and 103 penalty minutes in 48 games and four penalty minutes in nine games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Selected in the fifth round (146th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old had a team-leading 311 penalty minutes and 10 points (1g-9a) in 68 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2004-05. He suffered a knee injury on April 8 and missed the remainder of the regular season and the postseason.
In 2003-04 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the 6-6 and 230-pound Koci had 298 penalty minutes and eight points (1g-7a) in 78 regular season games and also appeared in 10 playoff games as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reached the Calder Cup Finals.