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May 18, 2012 | 12:15pm ET
Hejduk signs one-year, $2 million deal
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche has signed captain Milan Hejduk to a one-year, $2 million contract.

"Over the years, Milan has been an instrumental part of our organization's success," said Avalanche GM Greg Sherman. "He has represented this franchise with class and will continue to complement the young nucleus of players we have been building this team around."

The upcoming 2012-13 campaign will mark Hejduk's 14th NHL season, all of which has been spent with the Avalanche. He enters the year just nine games shy of becoming the first player in Avalanche history to appear in 1,000 games. The only other franchise player to reach 1,000 contests was Joe Sakic, who appeared in 508 with Quebec and 870 with Colorado (1,378 total).

"My family and I are very excited to continue my career here in Denver," Hejduk said. "I believe in this organization and our young players and look forward to helping the team in any way that I can."

Hejduk has tallied 371 goals and 423 assists for 794 points in 991 career games.

Originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1994 Entry Draft, Hejduk helped the Avalanche win the 2001 Stanley Cup championship. He captured the franchise's first-ever Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal scorer with 50 in 2002-03. He was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 2002-03 and was a Calder Trophy finalist and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1998-99. Hejduk has competed in three NHL All-Star Games: 2000, 2001 and 2009.

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