MONTRÉAL --The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that left winger Mathieu Darche
has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Darche will join the Canadiens tonight in Montreal and will be available for tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.
Darche, 33, participated in his first training camp with the Canadiens last September. He played two of the club’s seven preseason games before being assigned to Hamilton on September 21. In 32 games this season with the Bulldogs, the 6’01’’, 215 lbs forward recorded 25 points (16 goals, 9 assists), with 127 shots on goal and a +7 plus/minus differential. Darche missed 12 games this season due to a shoulder injury.
A native of Montreal, Darche signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 2, 2009. In 101 NHL career games with Columbus, Nashville, San Jose and Tampa Bay, he registered 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists), while serving 24 penalty minutes.
In 552 career AHL games, Darche registered 443 points (212 goals, 231 assists) serving 290 penalty minutes.See also:The play of the weekHabs this week – January 18, 2010 The Numbers Game - Jan. 17, 2010