Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed free agent forward Tyler Bozak
to a two-year entry level contract.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Tyler has chosen to sign with the Maple Leafs today,” said Burke. “He is a young man that was coveted by a large number of teams in our league and it’s our goal to help him reach his potential with our organization. He’s a responsible player at both ends of the ice and he has shown the ability to put points on the board with his quickness at the collegiate level.”
Bozak, a 23-year-old native of Regina, Saskatchewan, recently completed his second season with the University of Denver Pioneers. This past season, the 6-1, 180 pound forward played in 19 games for the Pioneers and collected eight goals and 15 assists. After missing half of the season recovering from a knee injury, he returned to the lineup and recorded a goal and an assist one week ago in the Pioneers’ final game of their campaign.
In 60 games with the University of Denver over two seasons from 2007 to 2009, Bozak collected 57 points (26 goals, 31 assists) and 32 penalty minutes. In his freshman season in 2007-08, he appeared in all 41 games and led the team with 34 points. He was a plus 12 with five shorthanded goals as a freshman. The 128 points in 2006-07 with the Victoria Grizzlies led the British Columbia Hockey League.