New York, July 8, 1999 -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent right wing Theoren Fleury. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Fleury, an 11-year NHL veteran, began last season with the Calgary Flames before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche on February 28, 1999. He notched 40 goals and 53 assists for 93 points, along with 86 penalty minutes in 75 contests with the two clubs. He ranked third on Colorado in playoff scoring with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 18 games.
Fleury, a member of the Flames for over 10 seasons, holds franchise records for goals (364) and points (830). He also ranks second on both the club’s games played list (791) and assists list (466). The right wing is also among the leaders on the Flames’ career list in several playoff categories, including goals (third, 29), assists (tied for fourth, 33), points (third, 62) and penalty minutes (10th, 96). He represented Calgary at the NHL All-Star Game on six occasions (1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) and was a key member of the 1988-89 Stanley Cup Championship club.
The 5-6, 180-pound right wing has tallied at least 25 goals in a season 10 times, including 30-or-more goals on seven occasions and 40-or-more goals in four seasons. Fleury tallied a career-high 51 goals and 104 points during the 1990-91 campaign. He was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team during the 1995-96 season and was the co-recipient of the Alka-Seltzer Plus Award (with Marty McSorley) during the 1990-91 campaign after registering a plus 48 rating. The right wing has represented Canada in seven international tournaments, including the 1987 and 1988 World Junior Championships, the 1990 and 1991 World Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Prior to his professional career, Fleury played four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League from 1984-85 to 1987-88. He amassed 201 goals and 271 assists for 472 points, along with 551 penalty minutes in 274 games with Moose Jaw. He tied for first in the WHL in scoring (68 goals, 92 assists) and was named the Junior Player-of-the-Year by The Hockey News during the 1987-88 campaign.
The native of Oxbow, Saskatchewan was originally Calgary’s ninth choice, 166th overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. In 806 career NHL matches with Calgary and Colorado, Fleury has tallied 374 goals and 480 assists for 854 points, along with 1357 penalty minutes. He has added 34 goals and 45 assists for 79 points, along with 116 penalty minutes in 77 career playoff outings.
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