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Kings Sign Defenseman Joe Piskula

by Gann Matsuda

March 21, 2007

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Kings signed defenseman prospect Joe Piskula to a multi-year entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Piskula, 22, scored a goal and added four assists with 34 penalty minutes in 38 games this season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

In three seasons with the Badgers, the 6-3, 210-pound native of Antigo, Wisconsin, played in 112 games and scored three goals with 19 assists for 22 points. Piskula also had 80 penalty minutes and a +36 rating.

Piskula was voted as the Badgers’ Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player by his teammates in 2005-06. He also played for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) prior to attending the University of Wisconsin. Piskula was also a finalist for Wisconsin’s “Mr. Hockey” while playing for Antigo High School.

Gann Matsuda, who has been writing about the Kings since 1986, is the News Editor for the Online Kingdom and covers the Kings for He also covers professional hockey players of Japanese descent for the English section of the Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News).
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