July 4, 2006
(TORONTO) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has signed restricted free agent goaltender Andrew Raycroft to a new three-year contract. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Raycroft, 26, was obtained from the Boston Bruins on June 24, 2006 in exchange for the rights to goaltender Tuukka Rask.
The native of Belleville, Ontario capped a standout rookie season in 2003-04 by capturing the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey League's Rookie of the Year. In addition to playing in the 2004 Young Stars Game during All-Star Weekend, he was also selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team that season.
Raycroft was named the Ontario Hockey League's Most Valuable Player in 1999-2000, becoming the first goaltender in 50 years to earn that honour and he was selected the top goaltender in all of Canadian junior hockey also that season.
In 108 career games over parts of four seasons with the Bruins, he has a record of 43-46-12 with three shutouts and a goals-against average of 2.62. He was originally Boston's fourth pick, 135th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.