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Coyotes Recall McKenna, Assign Four Players to AHL

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Mike McKenna and assigned defensemen Brandon Gormley and Philip Samuelsson, forward Lucas Lessio and goaltender Mike Lee to the Portland Pirates, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).

McKenna

The 31-year-old McKenna has posted a 16-13-2 record with a 2.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .934 save percentage (SV%) in 32 games with the Pirates. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of St. Louis, Missouri owns a 3.40 GAA and a .891 SV% in 21 career NHL games. McKenna was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round (172nd overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

The 22-year-old Gormley has recorded 2-1-3 and four penalty minutes (PIM) in 15 games with the Coyotes this season. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound native of Murray River, Prince Edward Island has also collected 1-2-3 and six PIM in nine games with the Pirates. Gormley was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (13th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

The 23-year-old Samuelsson has appeared in four games with Arizona this season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound native of Leksand, Sweden has totaled 1-2-3 with 14 PIM and a plus-six rating in 16 games with the Pirates in 2014-15. Samuelsson was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round (61st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

The 21-year-old Lessio has 1-1-2 and eight PIM in nine games with the Coyotes in 2014-15. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound native of Maple, Ontario has also recorded 9-7-16 and 16 PIM in 26 games with the Pirates. Lessio was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the second round (56th overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft.

The 24-year-old Lee has posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.98 GAA and a .897 SV% in five games with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) this season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Roseau, Minnesota was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the third round (91st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

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