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Maple Leafs Sign Clarke Wilm

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(October 28, 2003) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has signed unrestricted free agent centreman Clarke Wilm to a one year contract. Wilm has been assigned to the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League.

Wilm, 27, appeared in a career-high 82 games for the Nashville Predators last season and recorded five goals and 11 assists with 36 minutes in penalties. Last season, the native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan registered a plus-or-even rating in 31 of his final 40 games and he had a face-off winning percentage of 50.4 over the course of the full season.

He was signed as a free agent by Nashville on July 11, 2002 after spending the previous four seasons with the Calgary Flames. Wilm played 303 games with the Flames from 1998 until 2002 and played in at least 66 games in all four campaigns. His most productive game in the NHL occurred December 9, 2000 as he collected two goals and an assist against Carolina and his first career NHL game was played against San Jose, October 9, 1998.

In 385 career NHL games he has earned 36 goals, 53 assists and 89 points to go along with six shorthanded goals. He was originally Calgary's fifth choice, 150th overall in the 1995 Entry Draft.

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