Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Higgins from the AHL Utica Comets.
Higgins, 32, has appeared in 22 games for the Comets this season, registering 13 points (9-4-13) including his first AHL hat trick on March 13th at Providence. He has also played in 25 games for the Canucks in 2015.16, registering three points (2-1-3) and four penalty minutes. Higgins appeared in his 700th career NHL game earlier this season on December 28th.
In parts of 12 NHL seasons, the Smithtown, New York, native has appeared in 703 career regular season games split between Montreal, the New York Rangers, Calgary, Florida, and Vancouver. In that span, he has recorded 332 points (164-168-332) along with 220 penalty minutes. In addition, Higgins has registered 21 points (11-10-21) and 10 penalty minutes in 62 career playoff games.
The 6’0”, 195-pound forward was acquired from Florida in exchange for Evan Oberg and a 2013 third round pick on February 28, 2011. He was originally selected by Montreal 14th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.