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Horcoff agrees to six-year contract extension

Oilers centre to remain under contract through 2014-15 season

Wednesday, 16.07.2008 / 6:01 PM / Transactions
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
Edmonton Oilers' Shawn Horcoff, right, looks to the perimeter just before taking a shot and scoring while Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom, left, of Sweden, defends during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)
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The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Shawn Horcoff on a six-year contract extension.  The extension will keep Horcoff under contract through the 2014-15 season.

The 6’1”, 204 pound native of Trail, British Columbia, is entering his ninth National Hockey League season in 2008-09 and will be in the final year of his current three-year contract.

In 53 games last season, Horcoff recorded almost a point per game, collecting 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points.  His solid play led him to being named to the Western Conference All-Stars for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia.

Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward.  By being proactive with this deal, we avoid being in a situation where Shawn could become an unrestricted free agent after next season and the unknown free agency can bring to the organization. Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal.”

Horcoff says, “This is a great day for myself and my family.  Edmonton is a great city and one that has embraced us in every way possible.  I’ve spent my entire career with the Oilers and I’m thrilled about the direction we are heading in, led by our new owner Daryl Katz and General Manager Kevin Lowe.  I’d like to thank the Edmonton Oilers and our great fans for making this possible.”

After re-aggravating a shoulder injury at the NHL All-Star Game, Horcoff played one game (January 29th vs. San Jose) before electing to have surgery to repair his left shoulder and end his season.

Originally drafted by the Oilers (4th round, 99th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, the 29-year-old forward had a breakout season in 2005-06, registering career-highs in goals (22), assists (51), points (73) and penalty minutes.  In 24 playoff games, Horcoff added 19 points (7-12-19), helping lead the Oilers to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Horcoff's Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1994-1995 Trail Smokies  RMJHL   47 50 46 96   26          
1995-1996 Chilliwack  BCHL   58 49 96 145   44          
1996-1997 Michigan State  CCHA   40 10 13 23   20          
1997-1998 Michigan State  CCHA   34 14 13 27   50          
1998-1999 Michigan State  CCHA   39 12 25 37   70          
1999-2000 Michigan State  CCHA   42 14 51 65   50          
2000-2001 Oilers   49 9 7 16 8 10 0 0 2 42 21.4
2000-2001 Hamilton  AHL   24 10 18 28 -7 19 6 1 1 65 15.4
2001-2002 Oilers   61 8 14 22 3 18 0 0 0 57 14.0
2001-2002 Hamilton  AHL   2 1 2 3 2 6 0 0 0    
2002-2003 Oilers   78 12 21 33 10 55 2 0 3 98 12.2
2002-2003 Canada  WC-A   9 3 4 7   0          
2003-2004 Oilers   80 15 25 40 0 73 0 2 3 110 13.6
2003-2004 Canada  WC-A   9 3 4 7   8          
2004-2005 Mora  Sweden   50 19 27 46   117          
2005-2006 Oilers   79 22 51 73 0 85 3 3 5 167 13.2
2006-2007 Oilers   80 16 35 51 -22 56 5 0 5 168 9.5
2007-2008 Oilers   53 21 29 50 1 30 6 0 2 115 18.3
NHL Totals:   480 103 182 285 0 327 16 5 20 757 13.6
 
Horcoff's Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1995-1996 Chilliwack  BCHL   9 5 19 24   12          
2000-2001 Oilers   5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0
2002-2003 Oilers   6 3 1 4 1 6 0 0 1 7 42.9
2005-2006 Oilers   24 7 12 19 4 12 1 1 2 41 17.1
NHL Totals:   35 10 13 23 5 18 1 1 3 50 20.0

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