Blue Jackets Sign Duvie Westcott to three-year contract extension
Westcott set career highs in goals, assists, points,penalty minutes and plus/minus rating last season
Westcott, 28, is coming off the best year of his National Hockey League career in 2005-06 as he established career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and plus/minus rating with 6-22-28, 133 penalty minutes and was +1 in 78 games with the Blue Jackets. He ranked second on the club in penalty minutes and was third in ice time (22:34).
"Since joining our organization as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Duvie has worked incredibly hard to become a very good, two-way NHL defenseman," said MacLean. "On the ice, he plays with passion and consistency every night. Off the ice, he is a tremendous person who is liked and respected by his teammates and coaches. We're thrilled that he will remain a part of our organization for the next four years."
The 5’11”, 197-pound Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally signed by the Blue Jackets as a free agent on May 10, 2001. In three-plus seasons with the club, he has accumulated 6-36-42 and 251 penalty minutes in 155 career games. He has also netted 5-39-44 with 153 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +7 in 90 career American Hockey League games.
After playing for Omaha of the United States Hockey League, he spent one year at Alaska-Anchorage before transferring to St. Cloud State, where he registered 11-42-53 and 185 penalty minutes in 74 games in two seasons. He earned Second Team All-WCHA honors in 2000-01 when he collected 10-24-34 and 118 penalty minutes in 38 games.