Maple Leafs Sign
Former Johnstown Defenseman Walser

TORONTO, Ontario – The Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Johnstown defenseman Derrick Walser to a two-year contract and forward Alex Foster, who played for Columbia as a rookie in 2006-07.

The Columbia Inferno is the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year-old Foster had 11 points (1g-10a) in nine games with Columbia as a rookie in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he had 17 points (8g-9a) in 57 games for the Marlies.

The 29-year-old Walser had 20 points (8g-12a) in 24 games as a rookie with Johnstown in 1998-99 while also playing in the AHL where he had 10 points (3g-7a) in 40 games with Saint John.

He returned to the Chiefs in 1999-2000 and had 43 points (17g-26a) and 104 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games and six points (3g-3a) in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games for Johnstown. He also played in the AHL where he had five points (2g-3a) in 14 games with Saint John.

Returning to North America after playing two seasons in Germany, the 5-foot-10 and 175-pound Walser had two goals in nine games for Columbus in the NHL while also playing in the AHL where he had 36 points (9g-27a) and 59 penalty minutes in 49 games with Syracuse and one assist in six games with Albany.

Walser has played parts of four seasons in the NHL with Columbus and has 29 points (8g-21a) and 56 penalty minutes in 91 games.