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RED WINGS SIGN THREE TO CONTRACTS

Williams (left), Newbury (right)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings, parent club of the Grand Rapids Griffins, on Tuesday announced the signings of veteran forwards Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams to one-year, two-way contracts. In addition, defenseman Travis Ehrhardt has been signed to a three-year entry-level deal.

A long-time foe of the Griffins, Newbury, 27, comes to the Wings having spent all six years of his pro career in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Despite appearing in just 33 games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies last season, the centerman managed to place seventh in team scoring with 29 points and tied for fourth on the club with 23 assists.

In 2007-08, the Brampton, Ontario, native ranked sixth on the Marlies with 43 points (16-27—43) in 54 contests before helping lead the Marlies to the Western Conference Finals. He paced the league with 73 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games and finished among his team’s postseason leaders with four goals (T4th), nine assists (3rd) and 13 points (2nd). Newbury, who shows six points (3-3—6) in 44 NHL contests with the Maple Leafs over the last three seasons, was named a member of the 2007 Canadian AHL All-Star Team but did play due to an NHL recall.

Also crossing the border from Toronto, the 25-year-old Williams is coming off a season in which he tallied 40 points (27-13—40) in 46 outings with the Marlies, along with seven points (5-2—7) in 11 games with the Maple Leafs. The right wing has logged 31 appearances with the parent club over the last four seasons, contributing 11 points (9-2—11).

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Williams led the Marlies with 19 power play goals last season, in addition to ranking among the team’s leaders in goals (2nd) and points (4th). In 2003-04, the right wing led the Western Hockey League with 52 goals for Swift Current, while his 49 assists and 101 points stood seventh and second, respectively, on the circuit that season.

Ehrhardt, 20, is entering his first full season as a pro after making his AHL debut in three contests with Manitoba in 2008-09. Prior to joining the Moose, the Calgary, Alberta, native played 68 games for Portland of the WHL, leading Winter Hawks’ defensemen in all points categories and ranking among team leaders with 28 assists (2nd), 37 points (4th), 109 PIM (4th) and six power play goals (4th).


KRIS NEWBURY * Center

Height
: 5'10"     Weight: 205     Shoots: Left     Born: 2/19/82 in Brampton, Ontario
Drafted: San Jose's 4th choice, 139th overall, in 2002 NHL Entry Draft
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
1996-97 Brampton OPJHL 28 9 4 13 36 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Brampton OPJHL 46 11 21 32 161 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Belleville OHL 51 6 8 14 89 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Belleville OHL 34 6 18 24 72 -- -- -- -- --
  Sarnia OHL 27 6 8 14 44 7 0 3 3 16
2000-01 Sarnia OHL 64 28 30 58 126 4 1 3 4 20
2001-02 Sarnia OHL 66 42 62 104 141 5 1 3 4 15
2002-03 Sarnia OHL 64 34 58 92 149 6 4 4 8 16
2003-04 St. John's AHL 72 5 15 20 153 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 St. John's AHL 55 4 9 13 103 5 0 0 0 36
  Pensacola ECHL 6 2 4 6 20 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Toronto AHL 74 22 37 59 215 5 0 1 1 12
2006-07 Toronto AHL 37 12 24 36 87 -- -- -- -- --
  Toronto NHL 15 2 2 4 26 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Toronto AHL 54 16 27 43 101 19 4 9 12 *73
  Toronto NHL 28 1 1 2 32 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Toronto AHL 33 6 23 29 72 -- -- -- -- --
  Toronto NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
  NHL TOTALS  44 3 3 6 58 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL TOTALS 325 65 135 200 731 29 4 10 14 121
  PRO TOTALS 331 67 97 125 843 29 4 10 14 121


JEREMY WILLIAMS * Right Wing

Height
: 5'11"     Weight: 188     Shoots: Right     Born: 1/26/84 in Regina, Saskatchewan
Drafted: Toronto's 5th choice, 220th overall, in 2003 NHL Entry Draft
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2001-02 Swift Current WHL 24 18 23 41 64 -- -- -- -- --
  Swift Current WHL 32 6 7 13 30 12 1 0 1 4
2002-03 Swift Current WHL 72 41 52 93 117 4 1 0 1 6
2003-04 Swift Current WHL 68 *52 49 101 82 5 2 1 3 12
  St. John's AHL 4 0 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 St. John's AHL 75 16 20 36 24 5 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Toronto AHL 55 23 33 56 62 5 1 0 1 6
  Toronto NHL 1 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 Toronto AHL 23 6 9 15 27 -- -- -- -- --
  Toronto NHL 1 1 0 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Toronto AHL 49 18 15 33 36 -- -- -- -- --
  Toronto NHL 18 2 0 2 4 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Toronto AHL 46 27 13 40 29 6 0 1 1 6
  Toronto NHL 11 5 2 7 2 -- -- -- -- --
  NHL TOTALS  31 9 2 11 6 6 0 1 1 6
  AHL TOTALS 252 90 92 182 178 16 1 1 2 12
  PRO TOTALS 283 99 94 193 184 22 1 2 3 18


TRAVIS EHRHARDT * Defense

Height
: 6'0"     Weight: 197     Shoots: Left     Born: 4/12/89 in Calgary, Alberta

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2004-05 Moose Jaw WHL 2 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Moose Jaw WHL 45 1 10 11 37 18 0 2 2 18
2006-07 Moose Jaw WHL 69 0 29 29 83 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Moose Jaw WHL 18 3 9 12 27 -- -- -- -- --
  Portland WHL 54 7 22 29 53 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Portland WHL 68 9 28 37 109 -- -- -- -- --
  Manitoba AHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL/PRO TOTALS  3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

 
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