(July 14, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed their first pick, 13th overall, from the 2006 Entry Draft, Jiri Tlusty (tah-LOO-stee) to a three year entry level contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The native of Slany, Czech Republic spent last season with HC Rabat Kladno of the Czech Republic Extraleague recording 10 points (seven goals, three assists) with 51 penalty minutes in 44 games. He also played four games for the Czech Republic team at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver.
That same year he captained the Czech Under-18 World Championship team registering seven points (four goals, three assists) with eight penalty minutes in seven games and was named to the tournament All-Star team. Tlusty has spent the past five seasons with HC Rabat Kladno beginning with their Under-18 team during the 2001-02 season as a 14 year old.