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MCKENZIE CALLED UP FROM FLORIDA

Charlotte CheckersRookie forward leads Florida rookies with 18 goals

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that forward Mike McKenzie has been recalled from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

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CHAIN OF EVENTS

Charlotte CheckersMCKENZIE, GRAHAM CALLED UP FROM FLORIDA
Rookie forward earns first call-up of the season; Graham’s fourth stint

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that forward Mike McKenzie and defenseman Ethan Graham have been recalled from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

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MCNICOLL RECALLED FROM FLORIDA

Charlotte CheckersMCNICOLL RECALLED FROM FLORIDA
Second-year pro earns first call-up of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that the team has recalled forward Cedric McNicoll from its ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.

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HEADING SOUTH

Charlotte CheckersLAWSON, PISTILLI, STAAL RE-ASSIGNED TO FLORIDA

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that defenseman Kyle Lawson and forwards Matthew Pistilli and Jared Staal have been re-assigned to the Florida Everblades (ECHL). Continue reading

PAGING KYLE LAWSON

Charlotte CheckersLAWSON RE-ASSIGNED TO CHECKERS FROM FLORIDA
Rookie defenseman earns second call-up of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that rookie defenseman Kyle Lawson has been re-assigned to the team by the Carolina Hurricanes from the Florida Everblades. Continue reading

PISTELLI HEADING NORTH

Charlotte CheckersPISTILLI RE-ASSIGNED TO CHECKERS FROM FLORIDA
Winger leads all ECHL skaters with 14 goals

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that forward Matthew Pistilli has been re-assigned to the team from its ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.

Pistilli, 22, leads all ECHL skaters with 14 goals in 24 games and ranks second in the league with a +14 rating. The Montreal, Quebec native scored five goals and added three assists in 41 games with the Albany River Rats (AHL) last season.

The Checkers (14-9-3) will host Hershey on Friday at 7 p.m. for “As Seen on TV Night” and Teddy Bear Toss. The first 2,000 fans will receive an official “As Seen on TV” product. Holiday packs are now on sale and include four games, a merchandise certificate and a puck for as low as $35. Call 704-342-4423 or head to www.gocheckers.com for more information.

NOT ALL STAALS CREATED EQUAL

Charlotte CheckersSTAAL ASSIGNED TO FLORIDA
Winger skated in nine games with Checkers, will report to ECHL affiliate

Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that the team has assigned forward Jared Staal to its ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.

Staal, 20, skated in nine games with the Checkers, recording two penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound winger was a second-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes on May 13, 2010.

The Checkers (9-7-3) are in action again Friday (7 p.m.) against the Adirondack Phantoms. Holiday packs are on sale now and include four games, a merchandise certificate and a puck for just $35. For more information, call 704-342-4423 or email tickets@gocheckers.com.

GRAHAM HEADING DEEPER SOUTH – TLUSTY HEADS WEST

Charlotte CheckersGRAHAM ASSIGNED TO CHECKERS’ ECHL AFFILIATE FLORIDA
Defenseman played in three games with Charlotte

Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Jeff Daniels announced today that the team has re-assigned defenseman Ethan Graham to its ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.

Graham, 28, played in three games with the Checkers, recording one assist and a +1 rating. He is expected to join the Everblades for a three-game series against the Kalamazoo Wings beginning tomorrow.

The Checkers (2-6-0) will continue their road trip when they travel Binghamton on Friday for a pair of games against the Senators. Fans can watch or listen to the game by heading to www.ahllive.com beginning at 7:05 p.m. The next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. when the Checkers host the Portland Pirates. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.

(Editor’s Note…Graham did play for the Wolf Pack for 27 games in 2008-2009 and had one helper and 18 PIM over the span)

Notes: The Checkers’ home opener was the largest crowd in Charlotte hockey history and is the second largest crowd in the AHL this season (12,512)…Jerome Samson leads the AHL with 47 shots on goal…Jon Matsumoto leads the Checkers with nine points (3g, 6a).

‘CANES RECALL JIRI TLUSTY FROM CONDITIONING STINT

Forward earned two points in five games with AHL’s Charlotte Checkers 

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Jiri Tlusty (YIH-ree T’LOO-stee) from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Tlusty notched one goal and earned one assist (2 points) in five games with the Checkers after being assigned there on Oct. 12, for a two-week conditioning stint.

CHECKERS CHANGES BLOWIN IN THE WIND

Charlotte Checkers

Okay, we admit it…it’s our first lame Hurricanes reference…you can bet that there will be plenty more of them.

The good news from this Checkers’ report is that longtime coach and GM o the Checkers, Derek Wilkinson is remaining on and will have a biggerrole with the organization.

Here’s the official release on the big news coming out of Charlotte today.

CHECKERS ANNOUNCE HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF
Daniels, Kinnear To Coach Canes’ Top Affiliate; Wilkinson Back In Front-Office Role

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Charlotte Checkers owner and CEO Michael Kahn announced today the team’s hockey operations staff heading into its inaugural American Hockey League season as the top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jeff Daniels was named as head coach and general manager, Geordie Kinnear as assistant coach, Brian Maddox as head athletic trainer and Jason McGrath as head equipment manager. In addition, Derek Wilkinson has been named senior vice president of hockey business operations.

Daniels, 41, is entering his 13th season with the Carolina Hurricanes and third year as the head coach and general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate. Prior to his current position, he spent four seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach, helping guide the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

Daniels was selected in the sixth round (109th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. In his 15-year professional playing career as a forward, Daniels spent time with Pittsburgh, Florida, Nashville and Carolina. In 425 NHL regular-season games, he scored 17 goals and 26 assists while adding three goals and five assists in 41 playoff games. The Oshawa, Ontario native also won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992.
Kinnear, 36, is entering his eighth season as an assistant coach in the AHL and his fourth full season working for the Hurricanes. He began his coaching career when he joined the Albany River Rats’ coaching staff in August of 2001 after an eight-year professional playing career.

Kinnear was drafted by New Jersey in the seventh round (162nd overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He skated with Albany for the first six years of his career (1993-94 to 1998-99), helping them reach the playoffs every year. Over that time, he was a member of Albany’s 1995 Calder Cup championship team, was selected to four consecutive AHL All-Star Classics (1996-1999) and served as team captain for three seasons (1996-1999).

Maddox begins his sixth season as head athletic trainer for the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate. He was the head athletic trainer for the Lowell Lock Monsters in 2005-06 before taking the same position with Albany from 2006-2010. He also has AHL experience as a member of the medical staff for the Binghamton Senators during the 2003-2004 season. Maddox graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and from Villanova University with a Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies.

McGrath, 34, has been a member of Albany’s hockey operations staff since 1997-98, when he was hired as assistant equipment manager. He was promoted to head equipment manager in 1999 and held that position through 2009-10. In 2003, McGrath was promoted to the New Jersey Devils as assistant equipment manager for their playoff run and earned a Stanley Cup ring.

Wilkinson, 35, returns to the Checkers after eight seasons behind the bench in the ECHL. The winningest coach in ECHL Checkers history, Wilkinson compiled a record of 237-182-42 (.560) while guiding the team to the playoffs for the last six seasons. The former player was the first ever goaltender drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning (7th round, 145th overall, 1992) and appeared in 22 NHL games from 1995-1999.

Wilkinson will oversee all hockey operations between the Hurricanes and Checkers, including but not limited to managing personnel, the club’s collective bargaining agreement negotiations and responsibilities and hockey operations budget.

Season tickets for the Checkers’ inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and 40-game packages start as low as $200. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com/AHL.

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