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PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMEN NOAH WELCH AND RYAN LANNON

Wednesday, 08.03.2005 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMEN NOAH WELCH AND RYAN LANNON

PENGUINS SIGN DEFENSEMAN NOAH WELCH

PITTSBURGH - The Penguins have signed their second round pick in the 2001 Entry Draft, defenseman Noah Welch, and their eight round pick in the 2002 Entry Draft, defenseman Ryan Lannon, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Welch, 22, tied for 12th among ECAC defensemen and ranked second among team defensemen in scoring, recording 18 points (6+12) and 86 penalty minutes in 34 games during his senior season at Harvard.  Welch led the team in power-play scoring with 16 of his 18 points coming on the power-play.

Welch, Harvard’s team captain during the 2004-05 season, was named First Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and First Team All-ECAC.  Additionally, he was named to the All-New England Team and was named the region’s top defenseman by the New England Hockey Writers.

Welch graduated as Harvard’s all-time leader in penalties and ranked second all-time in penalty minutes.

As a sophomore in 2002-03, Welch recorded 28 points (6+22) and 70 penalty minutes in 34 games to rank fourth among ECAC defensemen in scoring and 14th in the country.  Welch ranked fifth on the team in 2002-03 in scoring and led the team with a plus-29 rating.

Welch was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2001-02, recording 11 points (5+6) in 27 games.

In four years at Harvard, Welch recorded 76 points (23+53) and 270 penalty minutes in 129 games.

The 6-4 and 212 pound native of Brighton, MA was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft.

Lannon, 22, recorded 13 points (1+12) and 34 penalty minutes during the 2004-05 season, his senior year at Harvard.  At season’s end, Lannon was named the US College Hockey Online “unsung hero” and was a second team All-Ivy League performer.  Lannon tied for the team lead with a plus-25 rating.

Lannon appeared in 136 of 138 games during his Harvard career and ranked in the top three on the team in plus/minus in each of his four seasons, finishing his collegiate career with a plus-66 rating.

The 6-2 and 220 pound native of Grafton, MA was drafted by the Penguins in the eighth round (239th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft.

NOAH WELCH’S CAREER NUMBERS

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1999-00

St. Sebastiens

USHSE

26

4

11

15

35

2000-01

St. Sebastiens

USHSE

30

11

20

31

37

2001-02

Harvard

ECAC

27

5

6

11

56

2002-03

Harvard

ECAC

34

6

22

28

70

2003-04

Harvard

ECAC

34

6

13

19

58

2004-05

Harvard

ECAC

34

6

12

18

86

 

ECAC/HARVARD TOTALS

129

23

53

76

270



RYAN LANNON’S CAREER NUMBERS

SEASON

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2001-02

Harvard

ECAC

33

0

2

2

38

2002-03

Harvard

ECAC

34

3

11

14

39

2003-04

Harvard

ECAC

35

0

9

9

36

2004-05

Harvard

ECAC

33

1

12

13

34

 

ECAC/HARVARD TOTALS

135

4

34

38

147

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