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Canucks Report: Reunited With Ohlund

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
February 8, 2010

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HANSEN RECALLED

It was announced today by Mike Gillis that Canuck forward Jannik Hansen has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose.

The 23 year old Denmark native was assigned to the Moose for a conditioning assignment where he played five games, earning two points (0-2-2) and five penalty minutes. He has played 24 games for the Canucks this season recording nine points (5-4-9) and six penalty minutes.

Hansen was drafted by Vancouver 287th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

OHLUND REMINISCES

Long time Canuck defenceman, Mattias Ohlund, plays Vancouver Tuesday night for the first time since joining the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer.

Not surprisingly, Ohlund was glad to see his teammates when the Canucks arrived in Tampa on Saturday.

“I had 11 fantastic years in Vancouver, loved every second of it,” Ohlund. “I met some fantastic people, people I love.”

Ohlund is fifth for most games played for the Canucks having played 770 games over the 11 seasons. Ohlund has earned 325 all-time points with the Canucks (93-232-325), and is the all-time leader in points among Canucks defencemen.

Ohlund was drafted by the Canucks in the first round, 13th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and until this season has only worn the Canucks crest.

”I was extremely lucky to have spent 11 years with one team,” he said. “You look around the room, there are a very few guys who get to say that, no matter how good a player they are,”

As an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season, Ohlund parted ways with the organization that brought him into the NHL and signed a seven year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“He’s a guy that in close space is really good, like in corners stopping the cycles,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet. “And he’s a good guy in the locker room.”

Since joining the Lightning, Ohlund has recorded 10 points (0-10-10) in 50 games. However he has been left off the score sheet for the last 16 games.

Ohlund will re-visit Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics where he joins former teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin on Team Sweden.

Another lightning defenceman Andrej Meszaros, who played for the Vancouver Giants in 2004-05, will also be in Vancouver for the Olympics, playing for Team Slovakia with Canuck forward Pavol Demitra.

“I’ve only been back to Vancouver once [with the Ottawa Senators] and I can’t wait,” Meszaros. “Ottawa is Ottawa and it’s nice here in Tampa, but I really miss Vancouver.”

Forward Ryan Malone, who will represent Team USA, and goaltender Antero Nittymaki who will represent Finland along with Canuck defenceman Sami Salo rounds out the Lightning Olympic roster.

LUONGO RACKING UP THE WINS

Saturday night’s 3-2 shoot-out win against the Boston Bruins was Roberto Luongo’s 30th win this season. This is Luongo’s fifth 30-win season of his career and with 25 games remaining will try for a second 40-win season.

Luongo surpassed Richard Brodeur’s 126 wins and is currently sitting second behind McLean, who holds the record at 211 wins over 11 seasons. McLean had one 30-plus wins season in the 1991-92 season and was a League high that year with 38 wins in 65 games. Luongo is now at 145 all-time wins with the Canucks and counting.

Luongo had a stellar performance against the Bruins stopping 41 shots, and had a save percentage of .953.

Luongo (30-15-2) currently sits in fourth place in the NHL for wins this season. He has a save percentage of .920 and is in the top 10 amongst goaltenders in the NHL with a 2.32 GAA.

In just four seasons with Vancouver, Luongo has already made dents into the Canucks record books. He is now is the sole leader in shutouts at 22, breaking the 20-shutout tie with Kirk McLean.

With a 2.33 GAA, he has the best Canucks goals against ahead of Dan Cloutier and Alex Auld at 2.42 and 2.75 respectively.

Luongo will join goaltenders Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in less than a week.

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