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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, December 21, 2009

GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have re-assigned defenseman David Schlemko to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, retroactive to Dec. 19.

Schlemko, 22, has recorded 1-4-5 and eight penalty minutes (PIM) in 17 games with the Coyotes this season. He also registered five assists and 10 PIM in 13 games with San Antonio this season prior to his recall on Nov. 5. Last year, he ranked 2nd among Rampage defensemen in scoring with 7-22-29 in 68 games. He also appeared in three games with the Coyotes and registered one assist for his first NHL point. In 20 career NHL games, Schlemko has collected 1-5-6.

In 82 career AHL games, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Schlemko has recorded 7-27-34 and 34 PIM. In 2007-08, he appeared in 58 games with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League (CHL) and collected 10-29-39 and 24 PIM. Schlemko also registered 3-5-8 in 14 playoff games to help lead the Sundogs to the 2008 Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship.

Prior to his professional career, Schlemko spent three seasons (2004-05 to 2006-07) with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 198 career WHL games, he recorded 22-109-131 and 145 PIM. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Schlemko originally signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 19, 2007.
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