Lafferty signs pro contract

From Mirror reports

Hollidaysburg’s Sam Lafferty is ready to take the next step in his hockey journey.

Lafferty, a 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins fourth-round draft pick who has spent the last four years at Brown University, signed an entry-level professional contract with the NHL Penguins on Monday.

It’s a two-way contract between the Penguins and their American Hockey League affiliate, Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Lafferty will report to Wilkes Barre today, which is also his 23rd birthday.

“I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Lafferty said by phone in Providence, R.I., late Monday night. “I’m still at school, and it’s been pretty crazy, but I couldn’t be more excited to get things going.”

At 6-foot-1, 184 pounds, he played in 124 games in his four-year career at Brown, scoring 29 goals and assisting on 50 others. He already has met his academic requirements and will graduate in May.