The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that centreman Brad Boyes has been signed to a multi-year entry level contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Boyes, 19, completed his fourth season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League this year. He collected 77 points (36 goals, 41 assists) with 42 penalty minutes in 47 games played. He finished second on his team in scoring despite missing part of the season due to mononucleosis.
At 6-foot, 181 pounds, Boyes is currently participating in the OHL playoffs and leads the Otters in scoring with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in five games. He appeared in five preseason games with Toronto and collected one assist with two minutes in penalties.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario competed for Canada's silver medal winning team at the 2002 World Junior Championships and finished tied for second in tournament scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists). He also participated for Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships and won a bronze medal.
Boyes was named the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year during the 1999-2000 season.
He was Toronto's first choice, 24th overall in the 2000 Entry Draft.