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Ducks commit to centre Adam Henrique for 5 years

Centre Adam Henrique has signed a five-year extension worth $29.1 million US with the Anaheim Ducks. The 28-year-old had a combined 24 goals and 50 points in 81 games with Anaheim and New Jersey last season.

Brantford, Ont., native was 3rd in NHL with 8 game-winning goals last season

Centre Adam Henrique has signed a five-year extension worth $29.1 million US with Anaheim after combining to score 24 goals and 50 points in 81 games with New Jersey and the Ducks last season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Centre Adam Henrique has signed a five-year extension worth $29.1 million US with the Anaheim Ducks.

The deal announced Monday runs through 2024 and allows Henrique to avoid free agency next summer..

"That was a goal for me, just to get something done this summer if the team wanted to as well," he said on a conference call. "I'm very happy we have it done now and can just focus on training and get ready for camp and the upcoming season."

Henrique had a combined 24 goals and 26 assists in 81 games with Anaheim and New Jersey last season. He was acquired from the Devils for defenceman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick in November.

"It was a seamless fit and I don't think you can overlook that," Henrique said about the transition. "That was a big reason why I wanted to stay and why I was so comfortable."

The 28-year-old from Brantford, Ont., led Anaheim with eight game-winning goals (third in the NHL), tied for second in goals and tied for third in power play goals with four in 57 games.

Henrique posted the second-longest point streak to start a career in Anaheim at five games.

As a youngster growing up in Canada, Henrique was a fan of Disney's "Mighty Ducks" movies that inspired the team's name.

"They were always one of my favourite teams growing up, which obviously makes this a little more special," he said.

He had a career-high 30 goals in 2015-16 with the Devils, who selected him 82nd overall in the third round of the 2008 NHL draft.

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