This article has been updated with additional information from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Cornell Athletics. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, has signed former Cornell men’s hockey captain Christian Hilbrich ’16 to an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, according to a press release from the Penguins
Hilbrich joins classmate Reece Willcox, who was drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Flyers, as the lone members of their class to reach the professional level. The Penguins have a history with Cornellians, as Hilbrich’s teammate rising sophomore forward Anthony Angello was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2014. Both Hilbrich and Angello will be in attendance at the NHL team’s development camp for prospects this week, according to Cornell Athetics. Hilbrich’s signing also marks the fourth consecutive year a Cornell alumnus has been on contract with the Penguins.