(June 25, 2007) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the club has signed forward Simon Gamache (see-MOHN ga-MOHSH) to a two-year contract.
Gamache, a 26-year-old native of Thetford Mines, Quebec played 44 games for Bern of the Swiss Elite League this past season collecting a league best 66 points (20 goals, 46 assists) along with 40 penalty minutes. Gamache maintained his scoring pace in the playoffs as he tied for the league lead with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 16 playoff games.
Gamache has played in 37 career NHL games for Atlanta, Nashville and St. Louis, registering four goals and five assists for nine points, along with 12 penalty minutes.
The speedy 5-11, 167-pound right-winger has also skated in 289 American Hockey League games for Chicago and Milwaukee posting 261 points (107 goals, 154 assists) with 217 penalty minutes. Gamache won a Calder Cup championship with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2003-04, and was named an AHL First Team All-Star in 2004-05 after finishing sixth in league scoring with 86 points on 29 goals and 57 assists.
John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, also announced Monday that the club has re-signed restricted free agent defencemen Jay Harrison to a one-year contract.
The Oshawa, Ontario native split last season between the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). In five games with the Leafs he collected zero points with six penalty minutes. Following his assignment to the Marlies on November 18 he played 41 games collecting 18 points (four goals and 14 assists) with 68 penalty minutes. Harrison, 25, was Toronto’s fourth pick, 82nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft