Sharks Sign Jonathan Cheechoo To Five-Year Extension
/ San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has signed right wing Jonathan Cheechoo to a five-year contract extension. Cheechoo was slated to become a restricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cheechoo, 25, has appeared in 200 NHL games posting 116 points (69-47=116). Among all players that have entered the NHL since the 2002-03 season, his 69 career goals trail only Columbus’ Rick Nash (74). In addition, his 17 game-winning goals pace all players that have entered the league since that time.
Cheechoo leads the Sharks and is eighth in the NHL in goals (32) this season. His 16 power play goals are currently tied for third in the league and pace all Sharks. He ranks third on the team with 53 points (32-21=53). He recently tied a Sharks franchise record that was initially set in 1992 by Rob Gaudreau by posting at least one point in 12 consecutive games from Dec. 26 – Jan. 24. Leading the NHL in goals (13-4=17) during the month of December as well as posting his first two career hat tricks, he was named the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month,” the second time in his career that he earned the honor.
In 2003-04, Cheechoo broke through in his second NHL season, tying for the team lead in goals and finishing third in points (28-19=47) while connecting on nine game-winning goals, which tied for the fourth highest total in the NHL. Gaining his first taste of playoff experience, he appeared in 17 games and posted 10 points (4-6=10). Named Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” for March, he posted four assists as a member of the Western Conference Team at the NHL YoungStars Game.
As a rookie during the 2002-03 season, he appeared in 66 games and posted 16 points (9-7=16). The first member of the Moose Cree Nation to sign an NHL contract appeared in his first career game on October 12 against Detroit and posted his first career goal against Nashville on October 24.
The six-foot-one, 190-pound native of Moose Factory, Ontario was originally drafted by San Jose in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (2nd round, 29th overall).