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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH TREVOR LETOWSKI

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Free agent right wing agrees to two-year contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 6, 2006

RALEIGH, NC –
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Trevor Letowski to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Letowski $800,000 per season.

“Trevor is a real character guy who will fit into our team well,” said Rutherford. “He is a reliable two-way player and also a good penalty killer.”

Letowski, 29, completed his seventh NHL season in 2005-06, totaling 10 goals and 18 assists (28 points) and 36 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native led the Blue Jackets in games played (81) and shorthanded points (4).

Letowski (5’10’’, 184 lbs.) has totaled 73 goals and 102 assists (175 points) in 480 career NHL games with Phoenix, Vancouver and Columbus. He established career highs in goals (19), assists (20) and points (39) during the 1999-2000 season with the Coyotes, setting franchise records for shorthanded goals (4) and shorthanded points (7) by a rookie. Originally drafted by Phoenix in the seventh round (174th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Columbus had signed Letowski as a free agent in July 2003. Letowski played his junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), notching 248 points (93g, 155a) in 187 games.

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