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CLEVELAND  The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Sunday that the Monsters signed veteran goaltender Brad Thiessen and defenseman Garret Cockerill to one-year AHL contracts for the 2018-19 campaign. Last season, Thiessen posted a 4-2-3 record with a 2.86 goals-against average (GAA), and .884 save percentage (S%) in nine appearances for Cleveland while Cockerill supplied 3-11-4 with 32 penalty minutes and a -4 rating in 40 appearances for the Monsters and added 1-5-6 with 11 penalty minutes and a +5 rating in eight appearances for the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings in the professional action of his career.

A 6’0”, 181 lb., left-catching native of Aldergrove, BC, Thiessen, 32, notched a 3-1-0 record with a 3.72 GAA and a .858 S% in five NHL appearances for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2011-12 season, and contributed a record of 127-83-15 with 26 shutouts, a 2.49 GAA, and a .910 S% in 244 career AHL games played spanning parts of nine seasons from 2009-18 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Norfolk Admirals, Adirondack Flames, and the Monsters. In 2010-11, Thiessen was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team and claimed both the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Goaltender of the Year and the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award as a member of the league’s top goaltending tandem. Thiessen again claimed a share of the Holmes Award in 2013.

In 33 ECHL appearances for the Wheeling Nailers and Cincinnati Cyclones spanning parts of the 2009-10, 2015-16, and 2016-17 seasons, Thiessen supplied a record of 18-7-4-2 with one shutout, a 2.29 GAA, and a .923 S%. In three collegiate seasons with Northeastern University from 2006-09, Thiessen supplied a 52-46-12 record with nine shutouts, a 2.40 GAA, and a .922 S% in 111 appearances for the Huskies and maintains career program-record marks in GAA, S%, and shutouts (T1st). A Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 2009, Thiessen also competed for HIFK Helsinki in Finland’s Liiga during the 2013-14 season and spent three seasons in the BCHL during his junior career from 2003-06.

A 6’0”, 201 lb., right-handed native of Brighton, MI, Cockerill, 24, is entering his first full professional season in 2018-19 and contributed 19-65-84 with 106 penalty minutes and a +10 rating in 122 NCAA appearances for Northeastern spanning four seasons from 2014-18. Prior to his collegiate career, Cockerill supplied 12-22-34 with 194 penalty minutes and a -24 rating in 103 USHL appearances for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, the Des Moines Buccaneers, and the Sioux City Musketeers spanning parts of four seasons from 2011-14.

Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.

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