On This Day July 17th.

July 17: On this day in 2002, Tom Fitzgerald signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Fitzgerald came to the Leafs as a seasoned and solid defensive type player who had helped the Florida Panthers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. He played his 1,000th NHL career game with the Leafs on the same night as Gary Roberts, January 13, 2004. Fitzgerald played two seasons with 34 points in 135 games as a Leaf but was not re-signed after the lockout.

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