Hoffman Signs With Maple Leafs

TORONTO, Ontario – The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have signed Mike Hoffman, who played with Peoria of the ECHL as a rookie.

The Pensacola Ice Pilots are the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

In his first professional season in 2003-04, the 24-year-old Hoffman scored nine points (2g-7a) in 25 regular season games and one assist in eight Kelly Cup Playoff games with Peoria and had 20 penalty minutes in 15 games with Worcester of the AHL.

In 2004-05 with Cleveland of the AHL, Hoffman finished second on the team with 170 penalty minutes and scored eight points (1g-7a) in 58 games.

2003-04 Worcester IceCatsAHL 15 0 0 0 20 — — — — –2003-04 Peoria RivermenECHL 25 2 7 9 16 8 0 1 1 6Mike Hoffman to a one year entry level contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.Hoffman, 24, played 58 games for Cleveland of the American Hockey League last season collecting eight points (one goal, seven assists) with 170 penalty minutes. He finished second on the team in penalty minutes.Hoffman, 6-4, 240 pounds, split the 2003-04 season between the University of Connecticut of Atlantic Hockey, Worcester of the American Hockey League and Peoria of the East Coast Hockey League.