Simon Gamache returns to NHL with Maple Leafs

Former Canadian major junior player of the year Simon Gamache signed Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Former Canadian major junior player of the year Simon Gamache signed Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gamache, 26, signed a two-year contract with Toronto.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Gamache, a native of Thetford Mines, Que., played for SC Bern of the Swiss Elite League this season and won the scoring title with 66 points (20 goals) in 44 games.

He also tied for top spot in playoff points with 16, including seven goals, in 16 games.

Gamache played 37 games in the NHL, posting four goals and nine points for the Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues from 2002 to 2006.

Atlanta drafted him in the ninth round (290th overall) in 2000.

Gamache won CHL player of the year honours in 2000-01, when he racked up 74 goals and 184 points in 72 games for the Val d'Or Foreurs.

Also Monday, Toronto re-signed 24-year-old defenceman Jay Harrison, who has one assist in 13 games with the Maple Leafs.

The Oshawa, Ont., native inked a one-year contract.

With files from the Canadian Press