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Lightning sign D Luke Witkowski and Tanner Richard



The Lightning announced Monday it has signed Western Michigan D Luke Witkowski to a two-year deal.

Witkowski, a 6-foot-2, 200 pound captain at WMU, racked up two goals and 10 points and was named second-team ALL-CCHA. A native of Holland, Mich, Witkowski played 152 games over four years at WMU

Witkowski was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round in the 2008 draft, and has attended four development camps.

On Monday, the Lightning also signed forward Tanner Richard, its third round pick in 2012, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Richard, 19, has played in 52 games this season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 11 goals and 62 points to go along with 94 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 183-pound forward ranks first on the Storm and ninth in the OHL in assists with 51 and was third on his team with a plus-18 rating. Richard also played in five postseason games against the Kitchener Rangers, registering three assists and six penalty minutes.

The Jona, Switzerland native has appeared in 95 career OHL games, all with Guelph, collecting 24 goals and 110 points with 140 penalty minutes. He also represented Switzerland at the 2013 IIHF World Jr. Championships in Russia, posting four assists and plus-two rating in six tournament games.

[Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 3:54pm]


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