(June 18, 2004) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has re-signed defenceman Ken Klee and forward Darcy Tucker to multi-year contracts. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
| Klee will be back on the blue line for the Blue and White.
Klee, 33, played 66 games for Toronto last season collecting 29 points (four goals, 25 assists) with 36 penalty minutes. He finished second on the team in multiple assist games (5-tie), fourth in average ice time (22:08) and fourth in powerplay assists (14). He also set career highs in assists and points.
Klee played 11 playoff games for the Maple Leafs and was held pointless with six penalty minutes. He finished fifth on the team during the playoffs in average ice time (18:44).
The native of Indianapolis, Indiana was recently selected to represent the United States at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in August and September. This will mark the fourth time that Klee has represented his country in a major international tournament. He has played 636 career NHL games for Washington and Toronto collecting 140 points (47 goals, 93 assists) with 644 penalty minutes.
Klee was originally Washington's 11th choice, 177th overall in the 1990 Entry Draft.
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Tucker, 29, played 64 games for Toronto last season collecting 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists) with 68 penalty minutes. He finished fourth on the team in goals, fourth in powerplay goals (8-tie), fourth in shooting percentage (14.4%), fourth among team forwards in average ice time (17:50) and fifth in shots (146). He also played 12 playoff games for the Maple Leafs scoring two goals with 14 penalty minutes.
The native of Castor, Alberta has played 609 career NHL games for Montreal, Tampa Bay and Toronto collecting 298 points (127 goals, 171 assists) with 1015 penalty minutes. His best season came in 2001-02 with Toronto when he set career highs in goals (24), assists (35) and points (59).
Tucker was originally Montreal's eighth choice, 151st overall in the 1993 Entry Draft.