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Leafs Pick Up Option on Tellqvist

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

Tellqvist will be battling for the starters job in

2006. (Getty Images)

(June 8, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has picked up the club option for the 2006-07 season on goaltender Mikael Tellqvist.

Tellqvist, 26, played 25 games for Toronto in 2005-06 and had a record of 10-11-2 record with a 3.13 goals against average. He registered career-highs in games played, wins and shutouts (2).

Tellqvist earned his first career shutout stopping 28 shots at Atlanta December 1 and he faced a career-high 40 shots April 16 at Buffalo. He stopped a career-high 36 of 38 shots for the win January 7 at Edmonton. Playing in his fifth professional season in 2005-06, he registered a career-high shutout streak (125:21) over the course of three games from March 18 to March 21. Tellqvist was a member of Sweden's first Olympic Gold Medal winning team in February at the Winter Olympic Games in Italy.

The native of Sundbyberg, Sweden has played 39 career NHL games for Toronto posting a record of 16-15-4 with a 3.04 goals against average. He has represented Sweden at the World Championships on three occasions (2000, 2001, 2003) and was selected to the 2002 and 2006 Olympic teams.

Tellqvist was originally Toronto's third choice, 70th overall in the 2000 Entry Draft.

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