With Kevin Bieksa on the shelf for the foreseeable future, the Vancouver Canucks have recalled veteran defenceman Brad Lukowich from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
The 33-year-old Cranbrook, BC product, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, will join the Canucks when they return to Vancouver following a four-game road trip that ended in Dallas on Saturday.
Lukowich has played 29 games with the AHL Stars this season, recording 18 points (3-15-18) and 10 penalty minutes. In 640 NHL regular season games with five teams, Lukowich has 111 points (22-89-111) and 365 penalty minutes.
During his NHL career, Lukowich has played for the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks. The Canucks acquired the 6-foot-1, 200-pound blueliner from the Sharks, along with Christian Ehrhoff, on August 28, 2009.
Although Lukowich grew up admiring the Canucks, he’s never had a chance to suit up with Vancouver until now.
“The first team we always called anytime I was a free agent was Vancouver, unfortunately they had a lot of D back then as well and it just wasn’t in the works for me,” Lukowich said during Canucks training camp, adding a few details on what he adds to the team when he’s in the line-up.
“I take care of my own end first, do everything defensively, and if anything offensive happens, that’s a bonus for me. I take care of my end first and it’s not a glorifying job but the wins are very glorifying for me.”