SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Nick Bonino (@NickBonino) to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Nick is a proven, veteran center who has been a winner at every level of hockey he has played,” said Wilson. “His skillset is well-rounded, bringing a lot of intangibles to our club, and he has a knack for playing his best when it means the most.”
Bonino, 33, spent last season with the Minnesota Wild, picking up 26 points (ten goals, 16 assists) in 55 games, which was tied for sixth on the team. He was first on the team in faceoff percentage (52.8%), first amongst team forwards in blocked shots (50), third amongst team forwards in takeaways (22), sixth on the team in shooting percentage (15.2%) and T-third on the team in power play goals (3)
In 12 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Minnesota, Bonino has played in 681 NHL games, posting 308 points (132 goals, 176 assists) and 197 penalty minutes. He has twice been top-15 in Selke Trophy voting as the NHL’s top defensive forward (2018-19, 2019-20).
Bonino has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in ten of his 12 NHL seasons and was a member of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. In 105 postseason games, he has notched 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists), including six game-winning goals, three of which came in overtime.
Internationally, the Hartford, CT native has represented United States twice at the World Championships (2015 and 2018).
The six-foot-one, 195-pound forward was originally selected by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Draft (sixth round, 173rd overall). He was traded to Anaheim, along with a 4th round draft selection in the 2012 NHL Draft and Goaltender Timo Pielmeier in exchange for D Kent Huskins and F Travis Moen.