UMass hockey goalie Filip Lindberg signs with Pittsburgh Penguins

  • PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 10: Filip Lindberg #35 of the Massachusetts Minutemen protects the net against the St. Cloud State Huskies during the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship held at PPG Paints Arena on April 10, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Filip Lindberg Justin K. Aller

  • UMass junior Filip Lindberg saved 18 shots for his third NCAA Tournament shutout Saturday, as the Minutemen beat Bemidji State 4-0 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. THOM KENDALL/UMASS ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 7/28/2021 4:10:55 PM

Filip Lindberg must have felt right in the PPG Paints Arena net.

The UMass hockey  goalie backstopped the Minutemen to their first national championship at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ arena as a juniorin April and signed a two-year entry-level deal with Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Wild originally drafted Lindberg, an Espoo, Finland, native, in the seventh round of the 2019 draft. Since he withdrew from school in May, Minnesota only held his rights until free agency began.

Lindberg is UMass’ all-time leader in save percentage (.935) and goals against average (1.62). His 10 shutouts rank second in program history behind Matt Murray’s 11. Murray will return to Amherst for an extra season of eligibility next year. Four of Lindberg’s shutouts came in the NCAA Tournament — an NCAA record —  where Lindberg was 6-1.

Lindberg led the NCAA in save percentage (.949) and goals against (1.24) last season.

He’s the fourth member of the title-winning squad to sign a professional deal. Draft picks Zac Jones joined the New York Rangers in April, and Marc Del Gaizo inked his entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators a week later.

UMass captain Jake Gaudet signed an AHL contract with the Cleveland Lake Monsters, the St. Louis Blues affiliate, around the same time.

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow 




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