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October 27, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero at the press conference announcing the 2012 NHL draft will take on June 22 and 23, 2012 at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Pens Select Defenseman Dane Birks 164th Overall


The Pittsburgh Penguins selected defenseman Dane Birks in the sixth-round (164th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft Sunday.

Birks, 17, played last season with the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

He recorded 21 points (5G, 16A) between the regular-season and playoffs and totaled 34 penalty minutes with the Centennials.

The 6’3″, 190 pound defenseman will play next season for Michigan Tech and contains similar tangibles as the Pens fourth-round selection (Ryan Segalla).


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