MAPLE LEAFS SIGN CODY CECI AND ALEXANDER KERFOOT TO CONTRACT EXTENSIONS
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed defenceman Cody Ceci and forward Alexander Kerfoot to contract extensions. Ceci has signed a one-year extension that carries an average annual value of $4.5 million while Kerfoot has signed a four-year extension that carries an average annual value of $3.5 million.
Ceci, 25, registered 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 74 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. In 440 NHL regular season games over six seasons, all with the Senators, the Ottawa, Ontario native has recorded 118 points (32 goals, 86 assists) while adding three assists in 25 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Internationally, Ceci captured a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships while representing Canada. In 10 games for Canada, he registered a goal and five assists for six points, which was tied for second in scoring among tournament defencemen.
Ceci was selected by Ottawa with the 15th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Senators on July 1, 2019.
Kerfoot, 24, appeared in 78 games for the Avalanche in 2018-19 and recorded 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) before registering three assists in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games. In 157 career NHL regular season games, the Vancouver, British Columbia native has registered 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists), in addition to a pair of goals and three assists in 18 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Prior to joining the Avalanche, Kerfoot skated with the Harvard Crimson for four seasons, serving as co-captain in his senior season. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and earned NCAA (East) Second Team All-American, ECAC Hockey First Team, All-Ivy League First Team and New England D-I All-Star recognition, in addition to capturing the ECAC Championship. In 121 career NCAA games, he recorded 123 points (36 goals, 87 assists).
Kerfoot was originally selected by New Jersey in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on August 24, 2017.