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Coyotes sign veteran goalie Passmore

The Phoenix Coyotes, parent club of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, announced today that they have signed goaltender Steve Passmore to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Passmore has spent parts of nine seasons in the American Hockey League, posting a record of 67-77-23 with 11 shutouts in 172 contests with Norfolk, Lowell, Hamilton and Cape Breton since 1994.

Prior to spending the 2004-05 season in Germany, the 32-year-old Passmore split three campaigns between the Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. He has played in 93 career NHL contests with Chicago, Los Angeles and Edmonton, posting a record of 23-44-12.

Originally drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 10th round (196th overall) of the 1992 Entry Draft, Passmore, a native of Thunder Bay, Ont., captured the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey in 1997. That year, he overcame a career-threatening chemical imbalance in his muscular system and led the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Finals.