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New York Islanders sign centre Richard Park to two-year extension @NHL

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders have signed centre Richard Park to a two-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2009-10 season.

Park had 10 goals and a career-high 16 assists last season, his first with the Islanders after attending training camp on a tryout.

"To say I'm happy would be an understatement," Park said in a release Sunday. "Since the first day of training camp last year, I was determined to make the most of the chance Garth Snow and Ted Nolan gave me. I love this franchise. My family has really made a home on Long Island.

"This is incredible news for us. I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to stay with the Islanders for a long time."

The 31-year-old has 60 goals and 73 assists in 452 career NHL regular-season games with the Islanders, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Vancouver. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (50th overall) of the 1994 NHL draft.

"Richard exemplifies the type of character players we want to be New York Islanders," said GM Garth Snow. "He's a team-first guy who plays with his heart on his sleeve and battles every shift."

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