HURRICANES RECALL KURKA, SVOBODA AND ZIGOMANIS
Winger Justin Williams Placed on Injured Reserve
|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.