HURRICANES REASSIGN KURKA, ZIGOMANIS
Forwards Return to AHL Affiliate, LowellRALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2004) - Jim Rutherford, President / General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned forwards Tomas Kurka and Mike Zigomanis to Lowell of the American Hockey League. Kurka and Zigomanis were recalled on Friday and played for Carolina on Saturday at New Jersey.
Kurka, 22, made his NHL season debut at New Jersey, skated 12:29 and finished the game with a plus-1 rating. He has totaled 14 points (4g, 10a) in 29 games with Lowell 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 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. The Hurricanes selected Kurka in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Zigomanis returns to Lowell after his second recall to Carolina this season. The North York, Ont., native made his NHL season debut on Feb. 3 at Colorado, and has now played three games with the Hurricanes this season. 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 return to the RBC Center tonight to face division rival Florida at 7 p.m. in the first game of a three-game home stand. 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.