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Penguins land Surovy, Kelleher

The Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have re-signed left wing Tomas Surovy to a multi-year contract, and signed free agent defenseman Chris Kelleher, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick. In accordance with club policy terms of the contracts were not released.

Surovy, 22, set new personal NHL-career-highs in games (47), goals (11), assists (12) and points (23) during the 2003-04 season with Pittsburgh. He also appeared in 30 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 29 points (14g, 15a) and 14 penalty minutes and ranked third on the team in playoff scoring with 16 points (6g, 10a) in 24 games, helping the team to the Eastern Conference championship.

The native of Banska Bystica, Slovakia, has appeared in 73 career NHL games, all with the Penguins, recording 34 points (15g, 19a) and 26 penalty minutes. In 134 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Surovy has recorded 101 points (56g, 45a) and appeared in the 2003 AHL All-Star Game.

Kelleher, 29, returnes to Pittsburgh after skating for Krefeld in the German elite league in 2003-04. The native of Cambridge, Mass., played in 133 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 1999-2001, helping the club to the Calder Cup Finals in 2001, when he led the entire AHL in postseason scoring with 25 points in 21 games.

Kelleher has recorded 21 goals and 69 assists for 90 points in 281 career AHL matches with Providence, Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse. He made his NHL debut with Boston, skating in one game during the 2001-02 season.