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Leafs Ink Pogge

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO (CP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltender Justin Pogge to a three-year entry-level contract Monday.

Pogge, 19, was Toronto's first choice, 90th overall, in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Pogge, of the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, was selected to Canada's junior national team. He is expected to be the squad's starting goaltender at the world junior hockey championship, which begins Dec. 26 in Vancouver.

"It's good credit to him, making the Canadian world junior team,'' said Toronto general manager John Ferguson Jr. "Last year he was strong for Calgary in the playoffs and he has an exceptional record this season.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see him start the first game at the world junior. We hope he continues the trend he has been on for the past year-and-a-half. We feel strongly that it will, there's no reason to think it won't.''

Pogge is tied for the WHL lead in wins (22) but is first in save percentage (.928), goals-against average (1.53) and shutouts (six) this season.



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