The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Duvie Westcott to a three-year contract extension through the 2009-10 season, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Monday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Westcott, 28, is coming off the best year of his National Hockey League career in 2005-06 as he established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 6-22-28, 133 penalty minutes and was +1 in 78 games with the Blue Jackets. He ranked second on the club in penalty minutes and was third in ice time (22:34).
"Since joining our organization as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Duvie has worked incredibly hard to become a very good, two-way NHL defenseman," said MacLean. "On the ice, he plays with passion and consistency every night. Off the ice, he is a tremendous person who is liked and respected by his teammates and coaches. We're thrilled that he will remain a part of our organization for the next four years."
The 5’11”, 197-pound Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on May 10, 2001. In three-plus seasons with the club, he has accumulated 6-36-42 and 251 penalty minutes in 155 career games. He has also netted 5-39-44 with 153 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +7 in 90 career American Hockey League games.
After playing for Omaha of the United States Hockey League, he spent one year at Alaska-Anchorage before transferring to St. Cloud State, where he registered 11-42-53 and 185 penalty minutes in 74 games in two seasons. He earned Second Team All-WCHA honors in 2000-01 when he collected 10-24-34 and 118 penalty minutes in 38 games.