Friday, August 05, 2005
Leafs sign Jason Allison
TORONTO (CP) - The Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent Jason Allison to a one-year deal Friday.
The former Los Angeles Kings forward has been out of hockey for some time. A neck injury and concussion sidelined the Toronto native for most of the 2002-03 season and the entire 2003-04 campaign.
Allison, 30, set career highs in the 2000-01 season, with 36 goals and 59 assists in 82 games, ranking third in the NHL in power-play points, fifth in points and seventh in assists that season.
In his last full season in 2001-02, Allison ranked first in the NHL in power-play assists (32) and second in assists (55).
Allison has led his team in points on four occasions, three times with Boston (1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01) and once with Los Angeles (2001-02). He played in the 2001 NHL all-star game and won back to back gold medals with Canada at the world junior championships in 1994 and '95.
Allison has played 486 career NHL games for Washington, Boston and Los Angeles recording 137 goals and 288 assists, with 365 penalty minutes.
He was originally a first-round choice, 17th overall by Washington, in the 1993 draft.