HURRICANES RECALL FORWARD RYAN BAYDA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Jan. 4, 2007
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has recalled left wing Ryan Bayda from Albany of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis. Hurricanes left wing Cory Stillman is out for tonight’s game against Phoenix due to an upper-body injury.
Bayda (5’11’’, 185 lbs.) has six goals and seven assists (13 points) and a plus/minus rating of plus-7 in 16 games with Albany this season. He played five games with Carolina in October, tallying one goal and one assist (2 points). The Saskatoon, Sask., native notched a hat trick in Albany’s most recent game, a 7-3 River Rats win against Bridgeport on New Year’s Eve.
Bayda, 26, re-signed with the Hurricanes after playing the 2005-06 season with Manitoba of the AHL. Last season, after returning from a knee injury, he scored 13 goals and added 25 assists (38 points) in 59 games with Manitoba. In 74 career NHL games, all with Carolina, Bayda has scored eight goals and earned 14 assists (22 points).
The Hurricanes begin a two-game home stand when they host the Phoenix Coyotes on tonight at the RBC Center. The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina will be on hand prior to the game to collect non-perishable food. Fans donating at least two cans of food will receive a buy-one-get-one-free ticket voucher good for the game. The home stand concludes Saturday night, when Carolina hosts the New York Islanders. Tickets are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.