The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Dane Birks to a two-year, entry level contract.
A Merritt Native, Birks spent time with the Merritt Centennials from 2012-2014, but has spent the last 4 years at Michigan Tech playing for the Huskies, and has shown steady improvement throughout his years. This season he finished with five goals, 13 assists and was a plus 10 in 44 games.
In 112 BCHL games, Birks had 41 points (9 goals and 32 assists), and was named Merritt's Rookie of the Year in 2012-13, and Merritt's Defenseman of the Year in 2013-14.
He will report this week to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on an amateur tryout contract before his deal begins for the 2018-19 campaign.