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Maple Leafs sign McCauley and Belak

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms on contracts with Alyn McCauley and Wade Belak. In keeping with team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.


McCauley, 25, was one of five Maple Leafs to play in all 82 regular season games in 2001-02. He was 'even or plus' on 70 occasions last season.

During the 2002 Playoffs the centreman played in all 20 games and placed second on the team and tenth in the NHL in points (15) and second on the Leafs and eighth (tie) in the NHL in assists (10).

Two of his five playoff goals were game-winners and he collected one goal and seven assists on the powerplay. He will be entering his sixth full season in the Toronto organization after joining the Leafs in a multi-player trade February 25, 1997 from the New Jersey Devils.

In 240 career NHL games, all with Toronto, he has recorded 27 goals, 40 assists, 67 points and 36 penalty minutes.

Belak, 26, set career-highs in 2001-02 for games played (63), goals (1-tie), assists (3), points (4), and penalty minutes (142). He ranked second on the team to Tie Domi in penalty minutes. He appeared in 16 playoff games this past season and recorded his lone point by scoring in Game Six (April 28) of the opening round against the Islanders.

The defenceman/forward joined the Maple Leafs via waivers from the Calgary Flames

February 16, 2001. In 186 career NHL games he has recorded three goals, eight assists, 11 points and 506 penalty minutes.
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