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Ducks Recall Konopka, Penner

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled right wing Dustin Penner and center Zenon Konopka from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).  In addition the Ducks have placed goaltender J.S. Giguere and right wing Petr Sykora on injured reserve.

Penner, 23 (9/28/82), has played in 16 games with Portland this season, scoring 11-9=20 points with 21 penalty minutes (PIM) and a +8 rating.  At the time of his recall, the 6-4, 245-pounder was leading Portland in scoring and ranked T-7th in the AHL in goals, T-10th in scoring, T-1st in game winning goals (3) and was 2nd in the league with 72 shots. 

Penner started the season with Anaheim but did not appear in a game before being reassigned to Portland on Oct. 10.  A native of Winkler, Manitoba, Penner was signed as a free agent on May 12, 2004.

Konopka, 24 (1/2/81), appeared in his first five career NHL games following his recall on Oct. 29. He scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 6 vs. Minnesota. Konopka was reassigned to Portland on Nov. 8. 

The Niagara Falls, Ontario native has played in 13 games with Portland this season, earning 7-10=17 points with 21 PIM and a +6 rating.  At the time of his recall, he was second on Portland in scoring. The 6-1, 213-pound forward agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Anaheim on Sept. 1, 2004.

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