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Forward Maroon signs extension with Ducks

Saturday, 08.02.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

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Forward Maroon signs extension with Ducks
Forward Patrick Maroon has signed a three-year contact extension with the Anaheim Ducks, who also announced the signing of top pick Nick Ritchie.

Forward Patrick Maroon has signed a three-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks, the team announced Saturday. The contract begins in 2015-16; financial details were not disclosed.

Maroon, 26, last season established career highs in games (62), goals (11), assists (18), points (29), plus/minus (plus-11) and penalty minutes (101). He scored two goals and seven points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, at one point enjoying a six-game point streak, the longest for a rookie in the playoffs since Warren Rychel of the Los Angeles Kings in 1993.

"It's been a tough road for me, a lot of ups and downs in hockey, but the Ducks have full confidence in me," Maroon told the Ducks Twitter feed. "Just because I signed a contract doesn't mean anything. I need to work hard every day to show I want it"

A sixth-round pick (No. 161) of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Draft, Maroon has 13 goals and 32 points in 77 games. The St. Louis native was acquired from the Flyers in a trade for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson on Nov. 21, 2010.

The Ducks also announced on Saturday they have signed forward Nick Ritchie, their top pick in the 2014 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial details were not disclosed.

Selected at No. 10 by Anaheim, Ritchie scored 39 goals and 74 points in 61 games last season for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 226-pound wing led the Petes in points, goals, power-play goals (11) and penalty minutes (136).

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