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Leafs Re-Sign Center, Hire New Coach


The Toronto Maple Leafs completed a productive day Tuesday by re-signing free agent center Darby Hendrickson to a multi-year contract and hiring Rick Ley as the team's new assistant coach.

Hendrickson, a group II free agent, recorded eight goals and four assists in a career-high 80 games last season. He has appeared in 214 career NHL contests over five years with Toronto and the New York Islanders, totaling 26 goals and 21 assists.

The 25-year-old played on Team USA in the World Hockey Championships for the third straight year in April. He was originally Toronto's fourth-round pick in the 1990 draft out of Minnesota.

Ley replaces Terry Simpson, who is not returning to the organization after two seasons as an assistant. He joins Pat Quinn's staff after spending seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 49-year-old served as an assistant under Quinn in Vancouver from 1991-94 before becoming head coach on August 10th, 1994. Ley compiled a 47-48-26 record as coach and spent the last two seasons as a scout.

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