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Florida Panthers sign Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Tony Turgeon

Tony Turgeon impressed Florida Panthers officials enough at their recent development camp that they signed the Nebraska-Omaha defenseman to an entry-level contract.

Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen in back of members of the team.
Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen in back of members of the team.
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The Florida Panthers organization has signed Nebraska-Omaha undrafted free agent defenseman Tony Turgeon to a professional contract. The big defenseman from Grand Forks, North Dakota was scheduled to be a senior for the Mavericks.

By signing with the Panthers organization, Turgeon foregoes his final year of collegiate eligibility. The former Waterloo Blackhawks blueliner impressed Panthers officials at their recent development camp. Turgeon had six assists in three seasons playing for Dean Blais at UNO.

Turgeon is more well-known for his defensive ability and his knack for being aggressive and physical. He racked up 169 penalty minutes in three years at Nebraska-Omaha.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.