By Jae (@TheDeathmaster)
Since Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Star Goaltender, Brad Thiessen, is currently filling the role of Back-Up to Marc-Andre Fluery in light of Brent Johnson’s Undisclosed Upper Body Injury, I thought I would shed a little light on one of the newest faces in Pittsburgh.
Brad Thiessen was born on March 19, 1986 in Aldergrove, BC, Canada. At 6’0″, he is 180lbs of left-handed catching fury who, while in his 3rd Season of Juniors, was named Hockey East Player of the Year and a Conference All-Star, NCAA All-American, and a Hobey Baker Award finalist. After playing three seasons of collegiate ice hockey at Northeastern University of Boston, he signed with Pittsburgh as an Undrafted Free Agent and has been creating havoc in the AHL since 2009. During his 09-10 season, his split time between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Wheeling Nailers .
Little known fact: At the end of the 09-10 Season, Thiessen participated during practices with the Pittsburgh Penguins during their 2009 Stanley Cup run. Never dressing for a game, he was however present in Detroit when the Penguins won the Cup in Game 7.
In the 10-11 Season, Brad gave his best performance with a stunning 35-8-1-7 and was named the The AHL’s 2011 Goaltender of the Year, and also the starting Goalie for the Eastern Conference 2011 AHL All-Star Classic. He was recalled to Pittsburgh for one game during the season to back-up Brent Johnson. He never saw any ice time, and was sent back down to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
As we all know, in 2012, Brad was recalled on February 24th to back up Marc-Andre Fluery has Brent Johnson suffered an Undisclosed Upper Body Injury. Two days later, he got his first NHL start and first NHL win against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 4-2 win. On March 7th he received his second NHL start and again brought home a second victory with a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is currently still serving time in Pittsburgh as MAF’s back-up, and practicing with the team. Unless Johnson returns soon, I smell another start for Thiessen around the corner.
Being a huge fan of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it pleases me to no end that Brad is doing well in Pittsburgh. As much as I love Brent Johnson, I feel that his ship has sailed its course and that Brad Thiessen should be rewarded with the Number 2 position next season. Time will tell.
Thanks for reading!