COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Inferno announced that goaltender Todd Ford and center Chris St. Jacques have been assigned to the team by the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League and that goaltender Robert Gherson and center Luke Fulghum have been assigned by the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The Inferno is the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Marlies of the AHL.
Selected in the third round (74th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Ford played each of his first two seasons in the ECHL going 19-4-2 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.32 and a save percentage of .930 as a rookie in 2004-05 and 10-17-1 with a goals-against average of 3.64 and a save percentage of .900 in 2005-06. He also played in the AHL with Toronto in 2005-06 and was 3-4-0 with a goals-against average of 3.77 and a save percentage of .888.
In his second professional season in 2005-06, the 23-year-old St. Jacques had 27 points (10g-17a) and 45 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games with Pensacola and also played in the AHL with the Marlies where he had four points (1g-3a) and 12 penalty minutes in 20 games.