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(June 28, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has signed restricted free agent forward John Pohl to a two year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pohl, 27, played seven games for Maple Leafs last season collecting four points (three goals, one assist) with four penalty minutes. He also led the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League with 75 points (36 goals, 39 assists) with 42 penalty minutes in 60 games and was named to the Planet USA All-Star Team. In five playoff games with the Marlies he registered five points (one goal, four assists) with 10 penalty minutes.

Pohl played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In 2001-02, he led the nation in assists (52) and points (79) and was named to the WCHA First Team All-Star Team. He guided the club to the national championship that season collecting three points (one goal, two assists) in the final versus Maine.

The native of Rochester, Minnesota represented the United States at the 2003 World Championships and collected seven points (three goals, four assists). He led the team in assists (tie) and points.

He was acquired by the Maple Leafs on August 24, 2005 for future considerations from St. Louis and was originally the Blues’ eighth choice, 255th overall in the 1998 Entry Draft.

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