Verhaeghe signs entry level contract with Maple Leafs

Niagara IceDogs centre Carter Verhaeghe signed a three-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Verhaeghe was selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Verhaeghe will join the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies on an amateur tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Verhaeghe, 18, led the IceDogs in assists (54) and points (82) in 65 games in 2013-14 while serving as an assistant captain. The 6-2, 185-pound centreman was also third on the team in goals (28) and powerplay goals (tie-13), and fourth in penalty minutes (60). Additionally, Verhaeghe posted four points (2 goals, 2 assists) with six penalty minutes in six playoff games for the IceDogs.

Over the past three seasons (2011-12 to 2013-14), the native of Waterdown, Ontario, has accumulated 50 goals, 92 assists, 142 points and 92 penalty minutes in 194 OHL games for Niagara.

Kevin Legros

Kevin Legros is the Executive Editor of LocalSportsReport.com and the Managing Editor of the OHL Blog. He follows all local sports in the Niagara Region including the Niagara IceDogs, where he has been a season ticket holder since the first season.

Kevin was involved in the process of planning for the IceDogs new home arena, the Meridian Centre, which included sitting as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force Committee, the St. Catharines Entertainment and Sports Complex Advocacy Committee and the Meridian Centre Fundraising Task Force Committee.