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Maple Leafs sign Tom Fitzgerald

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Pat Quinn, general manager and head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday the signing of unrestricted free agent right-winger Tom Fitzgerald.

In keeping with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fitzgerald, 33, completed his fourteenth professional season in 2001-02 by playing 63 games with the Nashville Predators and 15 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The native of Billerica, Massachusetts has played the full schedule of games on four occasions in his career and he has missed just 27 games over his last 11 seasons. He was named the Predators' first captain the day he signed as a free agent with Nashville July 6, 1998 and he is the franchise's leader in all-time games played with 307.

In 1995-96 he tied for second in the NHL in shorthand goals (six) and he received two first-place votes while placing ninth overall in balloting for the Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward. Fitzgerald's Florida Panthers advanced to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals and he recorded four goals and four assists in 22 playoff games that spring.

In 891 career NHL games he has recorded 124 goals and 161 assists for 285 points.
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