Burling­ton’s Jooris signs with Rangers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Rangers have agreed to terms with for­ward Josh Jooris and re­stricted free agent de­fence­men Dy­lan McIl­rath and Tommy Hughes.

Jooris — a Burling­ton na­tive who played for the Burling­ton Cougars — joins the Rangers from the Cal­gary Flames. The un­drafted 26-year-old out of Union Col­lege had four goals and nine as­sists in 59 games last sea­son and has 16 goals and 21 as­sists in 119 NHL games.

McIl­rath, 24, set­tled on a oneyear deal to avoid an ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ing. The 2010 first-round pick broke through to be­come an NHL de­fence­man last sea­son, putting up four points in 34 games.

Hughes, 24, had nine points in 59 games for the Hart­ford WolfPack of the Amer­i­can Hockey League last sea­son.

Goal­tender Gar­ret Sparks agreed to a one-year, two-way con­tract with the Maple Leafs.

The 23-year-old Sparks had a 69-1 record with a 3.02 goal­sagainst av­er­age and .893 save per­cent­age in 17 games dur­ing his rookie sea­son with the Maple Leafs last year.

He had a 4-4-0 record, a 2.33 GAA, a .928 save per­cent­age and three shutouts in 21 reg­u­lar sea­son games with the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s Toronto Mar­lies.

In five play­off ap­pear­ances with the Mar­lies, Sparks reg­is­tered a 2.30 GAA, a .915 save per­cent­age, one shutout and a 2-2-0 record.

On Nov. 30, 2015, Sparks be­came the first goal­tender in Maple Leafs his­tory to record a shutout in his NHL de­but.

Sparks was orig­i­nally se­lected by Toronto in the sev­enth round (190th over­all) of the 2011 NHL En­try Draft.

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