It looks like the Captain won’t be leaving anytime soon. Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs David Nonis announced today via the official Toronto Maple Leafs website that the organization has signed Captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract extension that will begin at the onset of the 2014-15 National Hockey League season.
In the official release, Phaneuf expressed his excitement and his love of the historic franchise.
“This is a very proud day for me and my family,” said Phaneuf. “I’m very honoured to be the captain of this historic franchise and to maintain the opportunity to play and represent the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years to come. We have passionate fans and a dedicated ownership group. I have great teammates and look forward to growing with them and achieving our goal of winning.”
So far his season, Phaneuf has skated in 39 games for the franchise. In that time he 6’3”, 214 pound defenseman has scored 4 goals and 11 assists for a total of 15 points with a stellar plus-13 rating.
Phaneuf has never been one to miss out on the action. Since being traded to the organization on January 31, 2010 from the Calgary Flames, Phaneuf has only missed a total of 18 games, 16 of which were due to injury in November of 2010. The other two were due to suspension.
During his 10 seasons in the NHL, he has played in a total of 639 games, scoring 110 goals and 245 assists for a total of 355 points with a plus-14 rating and a grand total of 851 penalty minutes.
The 28 year old Edmonton, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1st Round, 9th Overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft .