ARLINGTON, Va. – October 13, 2007 – The Washington Capitals have recalled right wing Joe Motzko from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Motzko is available for tonight’s game at Buffalo (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Plus, Talk Radio 3WT) and would wear No. 50.
Motzko, 27, signed as a free agent with the Capitals on July 10, 2007, after winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07. A 6-foot, 196-pound native of Bemidji, Minn., Motzko appeared in Hershey’s only game thus far this season, recording a power-play goal. He played three preseason games with the Capitals.
A fifth-year pro who played collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State (WCHA), Motzko has played 11 career NHL games with Columbus and Anaheim. He scored his first career NHL goal, his lone point, with Columbus last season. He played three games with the Ducks in the playoffs, including one in the finals.
Motzko is a veteran of 280 career AHL games in Syracuse, Portland and Hershey, recording 234 points (101 goals, 133 assists).