(July 13, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has signed free agent forward Erik Westrum to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Westrum, a 26-year-old native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, skated in 10 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2005-06 and recorded one assist. Westrum also played in 71 games for the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros and finished second in league scoring with 98 points on 34 goals and 64 assists, while adding 138 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 204-pound centre was named to the AHL's First All-Star Team and was voted a starter for PlanetUSA in 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic.
Westrum has played in 25 career NHL games with Minnesota and Phoenix collecting one goal and two assists along with 22 penalty minutes. In 1998, Westrum was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round, 187th overall, in the NHL Entry Draft.