Thomas signs with Rangers, following in footsteps of father

The Canadian Press

5/19/2011 6:04:31 PM

NEW YORK -- Christian Thomas is one step closer to following in the footsteps of his father.

The 18-year-old forward signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Christian's father, Steve, played more than 1,200 career NHL games.

They became the first father and son to each crack the 50-goal barrier in the Ontario Hockey League after Christian scored 54 times in 66 games with the Oshawa Generals this season.

No OHL player scored more than the 95 goals Christian Thomas had over the last two seasons.

The Rangers selected him 40th overall in last year's draft.