SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have signed Western Michigan defenseman Matt Tennyson to an entry-level contract.
The 21-year-old Tennyson was an unrestricted free agent who just finished his junior year in college before signing the deal on Thursday.
Tennyson is a native of nearby Pleasanton and is the first player in the San Jose organization who developed as a youth in the Junior Sharks system.
Tennyson led all defensemen in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last season with 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points in 41 games.
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