PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed goaltender Dany Sabourin, who played in the ECHL with Johnstown, Las Vegas and Wheeling.
The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Penguins of the NHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Sabourin returns to Pittsburgh after being claimed off waivers by Vancouver on Oct. 4, 2006. The 6-foot-4 and 200-pound Sabourin served as the backup to Roberto Luongo and was 2-4-1 with a goals-against average of 2.63 in nine appearances for the Canucks while also appearing in four games for Manitoba of the AHL where he was 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.01.
Sabourin was voted as a starter for the ECHL All-Star Game in 2005, but was unable to play after being called up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 2004-05, Sabourin was 19-6-1 and led the league with a goals-against average of 1.67 and a save percentage of .942 in 27 games with Wheeling while tying for second in the ECHL with a team record five shutouts. He began his professional career in the ECHL in 2000-01 with Johnstown and returned to the Chiefs in 2001-02 while playing for Las Vegas in 2003-04.
In 2005-06 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton he was 30-14-4 and was named the recipient of the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender while also being named First Team All-AHL. He set team records for wins (30), consecutive wins (nine), consecutive road wins (nine) and longest unbeaten streak (nine).