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SAN JOSE, CA (Nov. 2, 2020) - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Forward Kurtis Gabriel (@kurtisgabriel) to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Kurtis provides valuable depth to the organization, having experience at both the NHL and AHL level," said Wilson. "He is a great teammate who brings an extremely competitive, hard working attitude on the ice. We are happy to have him join our organization."
Gabriel, 27, appeared in 53 games last season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring nine points (five goals, four assists) with 92 penalty minutes. Gabriel led the Phantoms in PIM and was tied for fifth in games played.
Over the course of his professional career, Gabriel has appeared in 38 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils, recording five points (two goals, three assists) with 98 PIM. He set career highs in games played (22), goals (2), assists (2), and points (4) with New Jersey in 2018-19. In the AHL, Gabriel has recorded 63 points (33 goals, 30 assists) and 508 PIM in 317 games. Gabriel led the Iowa Wild in penalty minutes in 2014-15 (125) and 2015-16 (137).
Prior to his professional career, Gabriel played with the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), recording 100 points (34 goals, 66 assists) in 232 games. Gabriel was a part of the 2010-11 Owen Sound team which won the OHL Championship.
The six-foot-four, 200-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 2013 NHL Draft (third round, 81st overall).