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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed center Marc-Andre Cliche to a three-year entry level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

Cliche, 20, played in 52 games this season for Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and had 54 points (24-30=54), a plus-27 rating and 42 penalty minutes. He also had five power-play goals, four short-handed goals and four game-winning goals for Lewiston, where he was a teammate of goaltender Jonathan Bernier, one of the Kings’ two first-round selections in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Cliche this season was also honored with the Guy-Carbonneau Trophy, which goes to the QMJHL's "Best Defensive Forward."

Cliche, who also recently earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2007 World Juniors in Sweden, has played for Lewiston the past four seasons and has compiled 162 points (73-89=162) in 189 regular season games with the MAINEiacs while in 13 playoff games he has seven points (3-4=7). In 2005-06, he had 82 points (37-45=82) as he ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points. Cliche also that season led Lewiston in game-winning goals with eight and he tied for the team lead in power play goals with 22.

Acquired by the Kings with right wing Jason Ward and center Jan Marek from the New York Rangers on Feb. 5 in exchange for forward Sean Avery and left wing John Seymour, Cliche, a 6-1, 189-pound native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, was originally selected by the Rangers in the second-round (56th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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