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RICHARD PARKed THROUGH 2009-10

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Islanders and gritty center Richard Park comes to terms on a two-year contract extension



Richard Park
The New York Islanders and center Richard Park have agreed on a two-year contract extension which will keep him with the team through the 2009-10 season. Park is in his second season with the Islanders after attending training camp in 2006 on a tryout.

"Richard exemplifies the type of character players we want to be New York Islanders," said general manager Garth Snow. "He's a team-first guy who plays with his heart on his sleeve and battles every shift."

The 31-year old Park has appeared in 452 NHL regular season games and has scored 60 goals with 73 assists for 133 points. The 11-year veteran has played for Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver and the Islanders. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (50th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2006-07 Park set career-highs with 16 assists and 26 points. Park is also just the second Korean-born NHL player. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he holds duel citizenship with South Korea and the United States and has represented the USA at the World Junior Championships and World Championships.

"To say I'm happy would be an understatement," said Park. "Since the first day of training camp last year, I was determined to make the most of the chance Garth Snow and Ted Nolan gave me. I love this franchise. My family has really made a home on Long Island. This is incredible news for us. I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to stay with the Islanders for a long time."
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