Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled defenceman Alex Biega and forward Brendan Gaunce from the AHL Utica Comets.
Biega, 27, has appeared in five games with Utica this season registering an assist (0-1-1) and two penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut in 2014.15, appearing in seven games and notching one goal as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. Last season, Biega registered 19 points (3-16-19) and 24 penalty minutes in 62 games, ranking second in scoring among defencemen on the Utica Comets. Biega also played in 23 playoff games for Utica, collecting four points (0-4-4) and 16 penalty minutes.
The 5’10”, 194-pound Montreal native was originally selected by Buffalo, 147th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Gaunce, 21, has recorded two points (1-1-2) and six penalty minutes in five games with Utica this season. He made his professional debut playing with the Comets in 2014.15 where he finished seventh on the team in scoring, collecting 29 points (11-18-29) in 74 games. Gaunce also appeared in 21 playoff games for Utica, registering nine points (4-5-9) and 12 penalty minutes.
The 6’2”, 210-pound Markham, ON native was originally selected by Vancouver, 26th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.