HARTFORD, September 20, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed defenseman Sam Klassen to an American Hockey League contract.
Klassen has split his first two pro seasons between the Whale and the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, after signing as a free agent with the Whale’s parent club, the New York Rangers, July 27, 2009. In 36 games with Connecticut last year, Klassen posted one assist and 18 penalty minutes, and he also saw action in 23 contests with Greenville, scoring one goal and adding five assists for six points and serving 26 PIM.
In his rookie year, 2010-11, the 6-2, 199-pound Klassen tied for the Greenville team lead in +/- among defensemen, and finished fifth overall on the club, with a +16. He also tied for second among Road Warrior blueliners in assists and was third in points, with 3-14-17 in 66 games. He also registered four penalty minutes in three games with the Whale.
Prior to turning pro, Klasse...