Blue Jackets reward Westcott with three-year deal

Updated: September 11, 2006, 4:07 PM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Duvie Westcott was rewarded for a career season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday signed the defenseman to a three-year contract extension.

Terms were not disclosed.

Westcott, 28, established career highs in last season in goals (six), assists (22), points (28) and games (78). He also had a rating of plus-1 to go along with 133 penalty minutes.

"Since joining our organization as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Duvie has worked incredibly hard to become a very good, two-way NHL defenseman," Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean said. "On the ice, he plays with passion and consistency every night. Off the ice, he is a tremendous person who is liked and respected by his teammates."

In 155 career games with the Blue Jackets, Westcott has collected six goals, 36 assists and 251 penalty minutes.