KINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH JEFF TAMBELLINI
Tambellini, 21, served as alternate captain and led the University of Michigan (CCHA) in points (57), goals (24), assists (33) and game-winning goals (5) while compiling 32 penalty minutes in 42 games during the 2004-05 season. The 5-11, 186-pound native of Port Moody, British Columbia, and son of Steve Tambellini – vice president of the Vancouver Canucks and a 10-year NHL veteran – received the CCHA's Scholar Athlete Award and was selected All-CCHA First Team.
In addition, Tambellini was named CCHA Tournament MVP after registering the game-winning goal for the Wolverines in their 4-2 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the CCHA Championship Game, played on March 19 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Tambellini added three more goals and five points (3-2=5) in two NCAA tournament games with the Wolverines, who saw their season end with a 4-3 setback against the Colorado College Tigers (WCHA) in the Midwest Regional Finals on March 26.
Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Tambellini - a three-time CCHA Player of the Week in 2004-05 (November 8, January 10 and February 21) - registered 129 points (65-64=129) and 74 penalty minutes in 124 career games with the Wolverines.