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Leafs Add Gill To Blueline

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(July 1, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the club has signed unrestricted free agent defenceman Hal Gill to a three-year contract. Gill has spent the past nine seasons in the Boston Bruins organization.

      Gill, 31, has missed just 16 games over his seven full seasons and he has played in at least 80 games in a season on five different occasions in the NHL. He led the Bruins in penalty minutes with a career-high 124 in 2005-06 and he has averaged over 19 minutes of ice-time in his career. He set career-highs with four goals, 18 assists, and 22 points in the 2001-02 campaign. He has posted an "even or plus rating' in five different seasons with Boston.

      The native of Concord, Massachusetts has played for Team U.S.A. in five World Championships (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006) and he was on the taxi squad for his country at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy.

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