College standout Brown signs with Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins, parent club of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, have signed goaltender David Brown to an NHL entry-level contract, it was announced on Tuesday.

A four-year standout at the University of Notre Dame, Brown led the nation with 30 wins and a 1.58 goals-against average in his senior season, while his six shutouts and .931 save percentage were both second.

His goals-against average, shutout and save percentage marks from the 2006-07 season all set new Notre Dame school records.

The 22-year old from Stoney Creek, Ont., guided the Fighting Irish to their first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association conference regular-season title and the school’s first-ever CCHA tournament championship. He then led Notre Dame to the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament win, collecting a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Alabama-Huntsville on Mar. 23, 2007.

Following his outstanding campaign, Brown was named a finalist for the 2007 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top collegiate player in the United States, and was named the CCHA’s Player of the Year.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the eighth round (228th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Brown appeared in 111 games with the Fighting Irish during four seasons, recording a 55-38-11 record with a 2.32 GAA, a .916 save percentage and 12 shutouts. His career GAA, shutout and save percentage totals are all Notre Dame records, while his wins total is second in school history.