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HURRICANES RECALL KURKA, SVOBODA AND ZIGOMANIS

Friday, 02.13.2004 / 3:31 PM ET / News
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HURRICANES RECALL KURKA, SVOBODA AND ZIGOMANIS

Winger Justin Williams Placed on Injured Reserve

Justin Williams
Justin Williams had an assist and three shots on Thursday, before suffering a broken left wrist.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2004) – Jim Rutherford, President / General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forwards Tomas Kurka, Jaroslav Svoboda and Mike Zigomanis from Lowell of the American Hockey League. Hurricanes winger Justin Williams has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a broken left wrist in Thursday’s game against Washington.

Kurka, 22, is being recalled to Carolina for the first time this season. After registering no points in Lowell’s first eight games this season, Kurka was diagnosed with mononucleosis and missed 20 games before returning to the lineup and scoring four goals, 10 assists (14 points) and accumulating six penalty minutes in Lowell’s last 21 games. In parts of three AHL seasons, he has scored 34 goals, earned 37 assists (71 points) and totaled 40 penalty minutes in 161 games. The Most, Czech Republic, native played in 14 games with Carolina during 2002-03, posting three goals and two assists (5 points) in his first NHL season. Prior to his Sept. 24 reassignment to Lowell, he earned two assists in three preseason games with the Hurricanes during the team’s 2003-04 training camp. The Hurricanes selected Kurka in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Svoboda returns to the Hurricanes roster after an extended two-week conditioning stint with Lowell. Since his reassignment on Jan. 23, Svoboda (6’ 2”, 190 lbs.) has posted two goals and two assists (4 points) in nine games with the Lock Monsters. The 23-year-old, Cervenka, Czech Republic, native began the season in Carolina and played in 17 NHL games without registering a point or a penalty prior to his conditioning stint. In 75 career regular-season NHL games in parts of three seasons, Svoboda has recorded five goals, 13 assists (18 points) and 34 penalty minutes. He played in all 23 of Carolina’s playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, and recorded one goal in four assists during that stretch. The Hurricanes selected Svoboda in the eighth round, 208th overall, in the 1998 draft.

This marks Zigomanis’ second recall to Carolina this season after the North York, Ont., native made his NHL season debut on Feb. 3 at Colorado. The 23-year-old centerman leads the Lock Monsters in points (43) and assists (32) this season while playing in 48 AHL games. On Feb. 9, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the AHL All-Star Game when he registered a goal and two assists for Canada in the Canadian All-Stars’ 9-4 victory against the PlanetUSA All-Stars in Grand Rapids, Mich. Zigomanis made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes in 2002-03, and scored two goals and earned one assist (3 points) in 19 games during his initial NHL recall. Carolina selected Zigomanis in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2001 draft.

The Hurricanes travel to New Jersey tonight for Saturday’s 12 p.m. matinee against the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena. Carolina returns to the RBC Center on Monday to face division rival Florida at 7 p.m. Individual game tickets for all remaining Hurricanes games are available at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center, all TicketMaster locations, or by calling 919-834-4000. For more information, please skate to www.carolinahurricanes.com.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72