Aug. 19, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Recent Notre Dame graduate Thomas DiPauli has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
DiPauli finished the 2015-16 season with a team-high 14 goals to go along with 18 assists for 32 points. His 14 goals and 32 points marked career-high totals for the Caldaro, Italy native.
A Hockey East honorable mention All-Star in 2016, DiPauli had two game-winning goals in league play and also finished sixth in plus/minus rating in Hockey East games. He scored three power-play goals on the season and he was named the team’s Offensive MVP following the season.
In 145 career games with Notre Dame, DiPauli totaled 30 goals and 48 assists for 78 points. He served as an alternate captain as a senior.
Originally selected by Washington in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, DiPauli became a free agent on Aug. 15.
DiPauli will join Notre Dame graduates Ian Cole and Bryan Rust in the Pittsburgh organization. Rust and Cole were integral parts on Pittsburg’s run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past season and became the fifth and sixth former Notre Dame players to lift the Stanley Cup.
The Irish open the 2016-17 regular season with a weekend home series against Arizona State on Oct. 7-8 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. To purchase tickets, visit UND.com/BuyTickets.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).