Maple Leafs sign Jeff Hamilton

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Jeff Hamilton. Hamilton is expected to make his Leafs debut on Thursday night at Washington.

Hamilton, who signed an AHL contract with the Chicago Wolves on Sept. 3, 2008, led the Wolves with 37 assists and 53 points in 50 games this season. Last year, Hamilton notched 15 assists and 24 points in 58 National Hockey League games with the Carolina Hurricanes, and also appeared in nine outings with the American Hockey League’s Albany River Rats, collecting three goals and nine points.

The Englewood, Ohio, native, has tallied 29 goals, 42 assists and 71 points in 142 career NHL games, spanning four seasons with the New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes.

Hamilton captured the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s top goal scorer in 2003-04 after leading the league with a career-high 43 markers in just 67 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also played in the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic and was voted to the AHL’s First All-Star Team that season. Hamilton shows 131 goals and 138 assists for 269 points in 292 career AHL games with Chicago, Albany, Hartford and Bridgeport.