LIGHTNING SIGN CENTER JOHN TOFFEY, RIGHT WING MAREK KVAPIL
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center John Tofffey and right wing Marek Kvapil to multi-year contracts, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Toffey, 22, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Barnstable, Massachusetts, played the past two seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after transferring from Ohio State. He recorded four goals and seven assists in 64 games during his college career. Selected in the ninth round, 287th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Toffey played the 2002-03 season with Walpole of the Eastern Junior Hockey League while awaiting eligibility at Umass-Amherst after transferring from Ohio State.
"John Toffey is an outstanding athlete and he has worked hard to improve his game," Feaster said. "We are anxious to see him at the Traverse City rookie camp and get him started on his pro career. Marek Kvapil had an excellent year in the OHL last season and we were pleased to land him in this year's Draft. He is a goal scorer, and from a depth perspective, we simply don't have enough pure goal scorers in the system. We are very pleased that he has chosen to start his professional career and we look forward to seeing him in Traverse City."
Kvapil, a 5-11, 172-pound right wing from Ilava, Slovakia, was chosen by the Lightning in the sixth round, 163rd overall, at this year's Entry Draft. Kvapil, 20, led the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit in scoring in 2004-05 with 25 goals and 62 points in 53 games. He was the third leading scorer among OHL rookies, and was named OHL Rookie of the Month twice in 2004-05. He also tied the OHL record for the fastest goal scored to begin a period after scoring four seconds into the third period against the Mississauga Ice Dogs in December, 2004.
Prior to joining Saginaw, Kvapil played three seasons with the Slavia Praha organization in the Czech Republic, appearing in 11 games in the country's top league in 2003-04. He also helped the Czech Republic capture a bronze medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.