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Leafs Sign Two More Players

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that the club has re-signed defenceman/forward Wade Belak to a multi-year contract and goaltender Jamie Hodson to a one year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Belak, 27, appeared in 55 games for Toronto last season and collected nine points (three goals, six assists) with 196 penalty minutes. He finished first on the team in penalty minutes and set career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes.

Belak also appeared in two playoff games and was held pointless with four penalty minutes.

The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has played 241 career NHL games and has registered 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) with 702 penalty minutes. He was originally Quebec's first choice, 12th overall, in the 1994 Entry Draft.

Hodson, 23, split the season between St. John's of the American Hockey League and Greensboro of the East Coast Hockey League. In 22 games with St. John's he had a record of 8-7-2 with one shutout and a 3.38 goals against average.

In 14 games with Greensboro he had a record of 9-4-1 and a 2.43 goals against average. Hodson was also a member of Canada's Gold medal winning team at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland last year.

He was recalled to Toronto January 21, 2003 but did not see action and was re-assigned to St. John's the following day.

The native of Brandon, Manitoba was Toronto's third choice, 69th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft.

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