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Leafs Sign Belak, Berg

Wednesday, 10.08.2005 / 3:43 PM / Press Releases
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Leafs Sign Belak, Berg
Wade Belak has played both wing and defence in the past.
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(August 10, 2005) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward/defenceman Wade Belak to a two year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In addition, Ferguson also announced that defenceman Aki Berg has accepted his qualifying offer.

Belak, 29, played 20 games for Coventry of the British Elite Ice Hockey League last season collecting eight points (three goals, five assists) with 109 penalty minutes. In eight playoff games he had two points (one goal, one assist) with 16 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 with the Maple Leafs, he played 34 games collecting two points (one goal, one assist) with 109 penalty minutes. He finished fourth on the team in penalty minutes.

The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has played 275 career NHL games for Colorado, Calgary and Toronto collecting 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) with 811 penalty minutes. In 22 career NHL playoff games he has scored one goal with 36 penalty minutes. He was originally Quebec's first choice, 12th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft.

Berg, 28, played 47 games for Timra of the Swedish Elite League last season collecting 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) with 46 penalty minutes. He finished second among team defencemen in goals, assists and points. He was pointless in seven playoff games. He also played five games for Finland at the 2004 World Cup collecting one assist with two penalty minutes. In 2003-04 with the Maple Leafs, he played 79 games collecting nine points (two goals, seven assists) with 40 penalty minutes. He finished fourth on the team in games played.

The native of Turku, Finland has played 531 career NHL games for Los Angeles and Toronto collecting 77 points (15 goals, 62 assists) with 318 penalty minutes. In 54 career NHL playoff games he has eight points (one goal, seven assists) with 47 penalty minutes. He was originally Los Angeles first choice, third overall in the 1995 Entry Draft.


WADE BELAK
REGULAR SEASON
PLAYOFFS
SEASON
CLUB
LEAGUE
 
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1992-93 SASKATOON WHL
7
0
0
0
23
7
0
0
0
0
1993-94 SASKATOON WHL
69
4
13
17
226
16
2
2
4
43
1994-95 CORNWALL AHL
--
--
--
--
--
11
1
2
3
40
  SASKATOON WHL
72
4
14
18
290
9
0
0
0
36
1995-96 CORNWALL AHL
5
0
0
0
18
2
0
0
0
2
  SASKATOON WHL
63
3
15
18
207
4
0
0
0
9
1996-97 COLORADO NHL
5
0
0
0
11
--
--
--
--
--
  HERSHEY AHL
65
1
7
8
320
16
0
1
1
61
1997-98 COLORADO NHL
8
1
1
2
27
--
--
--
--
--
  HERSHEY AHL
11
0
0
0
30
--
--
--
--
--
1998-99 COLORADO NHL
22
0
0
0
71
--
--
--
--
--
  CALGARY NHL
9
0
1
1
23
--
--
--
--
--
  HERSHEY AHL
17
0
1
1
49
--
--
--
--
--
  SAINT JOHN AHL
12
0
2
2
43
6
0
1
1
23
1999-00 CALGARY NHL
40
0
2
2
122
--
--
--
--
--
2000-01 CALGARY NHL
23
0
0
0
79
--
--
--
--
--
  TORONTO NHL
16
1
1
2
31
--
--
--
--
--
2001-02 TORONTO NHL
63
1
3
4
142
16
1
0
1
18
2002-03 TORONTO NHL
55
3
6
9
196
2
0
0
0
4
2003-04 TORONTO NHL
34
1
1
2
109
4
0
0
0
14
2004-05 COVENTRY UK
20
3
5
8
109
8
1
1
2
16
  NHL TOTALS  
275
7
15
22
811
22
1
0
1
36


AKI BERG
REGULAR SEASON
PLAYOFFS
SEASON
CLUB
LEAGUE
 
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
1992-93 TURKU FIN JR
39
18
24
42
24
--
--
--
--
--
1993-94 TURKU FIN
6
0
3
3
4
--
--
--
--
--
  TURKU FIN 2
12
1
1
2
16
--
--
--
--
--
  TURKU FIN JR
21
3
11
14
24
7
0
0
0
10
1994-95 TURKU FIN
5
0
0
0
4
--
--
--
--
--
  TURKU FIN 2
21
3
9
12
24
7
0
0
0
10
  TURKU FIN JR
8
1
0
1
30
--
--
--
--
--
1995-96 LOS ANGELES NHL
51
0
7
7
29
--
--
--
--
--
  PHOENIX IHL
20
0
3
3
18
2
0
0
0
4
1996-97 LOS ANGELES NHL
41
2
6
8
24
--
--
--
--
--
  PHOENIX IHL
23
1
3
4
21
--
--
--
--
--
  FINLAND WJC-A
6
0
2
2
8
--
--
--
--
--
1997-98 LOS ANGELES NHL
72
0
8
8
61
4
0
3
3
0
  FINLAND OLYMPICS
6
0
0
0
6
--
--
--
--
--
1998-99 TURKU FIN
48
8
9
15
137
9
1
1
2
45
  FINLAND WC-A
12
0
0
0
29
--
--
--
--
--
1999-00 LOS ANGELES NHL
70
3
13
16
45
2
0
0
0
2
  FINLAND WC-A
9
1
0
1
6
--
--
--
--
--
2000-01 LOS ANGELES NHL
47
0
4
4
43
--
--
--
--
--
  TORONTO NHL
12
3
0
3
2
11
0
2
2
4
  FINLAND WC-A
2
0
0
0
0
--
--
--
--
--
2001-02 TORONTO NHL
81
1
10
11
46
20
0
1
1
37
  FINLAND OLYMPICS
4
1
0
1
2
--
--
--
--
--
2002-03 TORONTO NHL
78
4
7
11
28
7
1
1
2
2
  FINLAND WC-A
6
1
3
4
10
--
--
--
--
--
2003-04 TORONTO NHL
79
2
7
9
40
1
0
0
0
2
2004-05 FINLAND W CUP
5
0
1
1
20
--
--
--
--
--
  TIMRA SWE
47
6
14
20
46
7
0
0
0
6
  NHL TOTALS  
531
15
62
77
318
54
1
7
8
6
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