TORONTO, Ontario – The Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed forward Simon Gamache, who was named Co-Most Valuable Player of the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs after leading the postseason with 15 goals, six power-play goals and 24 points while helping Greenville win the ECHL championship.
Columbia is the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The 26-year-old played in the Swiss Elite League in 2006-07 and had a league-leading 66 points (20g-46a) in 44 regular season games for Bern while tying for the postseason lead with 16 points (7g-9a) in 16 games.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, the speedy 5-11 and 167-pound Gamache helped Greenville capture the 2002 Kelly Cup Championship, sharing Kelly Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player honors with teammate Tyrone Garner. Selected by Atlanta in the ninth round (290th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Gamache led the playoffs with 15 goals, six power-play goals and 24 points while his three game-winning goals tied him for the postseason lead. Gamache scored a point in the last 11 postseason games (11g-6a) and also had a seven-game goal-scoring streak in the playoffs. He scored 38 points (19g-19a) in 38 regular season games for the Grrrowl while also scoring six points (2g-4a) in 26 games with Chicago of the American Hockey League.
In 37 games in the NHL with Atlanta, Nashville and St. Louis he has nine points (4g-5a) and 12 penalty minutes. He had career NHL bests with 15 games, three goals, four assists and seven points in 2005-06 with St. Louis while also playing in the AHL where he had 46 points (18g-28a) in 39 regular season games and 28 points (12g-16a) in 21 postseason games while helping Milwaukee reach the Calder Cup finals for the second straight year.
In 2003-04 he was named First Team All-AHL and helped Milwaukee win the Calder Cup championship after scoring 24 points (6g-18a) in 22 postseason games and 45 points (18g-27a) in 52 regular season games. He also played two games in the NHL registering one assist for Atlanta as well as in the AHL for Chicago where he had 11 points (5g-6a) in 16 games.