Miami’s Wingels Signs With Sharks

Miami captain Tommy Wingels is leaving school after three seasons after signing with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

Wingels helped the RedHawks to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances in the last two seasons.

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In 127 games over three seasons, he had 99 points (43 goals, 56 assists). He was the CCHA’s best defensive forward and a second-team all-league selection as a junior.

“Tommy’s mix of hockey sense and skill allow him to make an impact in all phases of the game,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “Miami head coach Enrico Blasi has built an extremely strong program at Miami and Tommy was a leader for them during his three years there. We’re excited for him to begin his development at the professional level.”

The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Wilmette, Ill., was selected by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL entry draft.