The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday the signing of junior defenceman Brendan Bell of the Ottawa 67s to a multi-year contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Playing in his fourth season with Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League in 2002- 2003, Bell recorded 14 goals, 39 assists and a +50 mark in 55 regular season games. In three playoff games this month, he currently has four goals and three assists.
Tonight, the 67s will play the IceDogs in Mississauga with Ottawa holding a 3-0 lead in games in the best of seven OHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Final. The captain of the 67s participated in the 2003 World Junior Tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia and earned a goal and an assist as Canada captured the tournament's Silver Medal.
Defence. Shoots left. 6'1", 207 lbs. Born, Ottawa, Ontario, March 31, 1983. Toronto's 3rd choice, 65th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft.
-- Ottawa's Rookie of the Year.
-- OHL Champions.
-- Ottawa's Scholastic Player of the Year.
-- Played for the OHL Eastern Conference All-Stars vs WHL West in the 2002 Hershey Cup Game.