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Flames acquire depth defenceman

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off NHL waivers.  

“Nycholat is a similar type player to Mark Giordano,” said Sutter. “We were prepared to give up a draft pick to acquire a depth defenceman.”

The 6’0”, 200lb rearguard has played 14 games with the Vancouver Canucks this season recording one point while averaging 9:41 of ice-time.

A native of Calgary, Nycholat was acquired by the Canucks on September 2, 2008 from Ottawa.

"it feels pretty good to be going back home," said Nycholat, who will travel Wednesday to join the Flames on their seven-game rad trip.

And yes, he was a Flames fan growing up and playing his minor hockey in the Crowchild system in northwest Calgary.

"It was tough not to cheer for them. They had such great rivalries in that old Smythe Division," said Nycholat, whose paretns still live in Calgary.

When he was placed on waivers by Vancouver, he expected to clear and end up with their top affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.

"I hadn't heard anything. I was hoping to get picked up by another team but I realy expected to be joining the Moose," he said.

Asked what type of game he plays Nycholat said he likes to play strong in the defensive zone and be a puck-mover.

"I like to think I'm a defenceman who makes a good pass out of the zone to the forwards," the 29-year-old said.

Following a four-year junior career with Swift Current, Nycholat signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild. Nycholat has also played with Washington and the New York Rangers.

LAWRENCE NYCHOLAT - DEFENCE
BORN:  Calgary, AB 
DATE:  May 7, 1979
HEIGHT:  6’0”   
WEIGHT:  200 lbs.
SHOOTS: Left
HOW ACQUIRED: NHL waivers, March 3, 2009

                                                                                     

Regular Season Playoffs
Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1996-97

Swift Current

WHL

67

8

13

21

82

-

-

-

-

-

1997-98

Swift Current

WHL

71

13

35

48

108

1

0

0

0

0

1998-99

Swift Current

WHL

72

16

44

60

125

6

2

2

4

12

1999-00

Swift Current

WHL

70

22

58

80

92

2

0

0

0

0

2000-01

Jackson

ECHL

5

1

2

3

5

-

-

-

-

-

 

Cleveland

IHL

42

3

7

10

69

4

0

0

0

2

2001-02

Houston

AHL

72

3

11

14

92

14

1

0

1

23

2002-03

Houston

AHL

66

11

28

39

155

-

-

-

-

-

 

Hartford

AHL

15

2

9

11

6

2

2

0

2

0

2003-04

Hartford

AHL

72

6

26

32

130

16

0

5

5

28

 

New York

NHL

9

0

0

0

6

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Hartford

AHL

79

5

38

43

132

6

0

3

3

11

2005-06

Hershey

AHL

73

13

44

57

94

16

2

12

14

12

2006-07

Hershey

AHL

29

3

25

28

39

-

-

-

-

-

 

Washington

NHL

18

2

6

8

12

-

-

-

-

-

 

Ottawa

NHL

1

0

0

0

0

-

-

-

-

-

2007-08

Binghamton

AHL

77

12

37

49

74

-

-

-

-

 

 

Ottawa

NHL

3

0

0

0

0

-

-

-

-

-

2008-09

Manitoba

AHL

3

0

3

3

4

-

-

-

-

-

 

Vancouver

NHL

14

0

1

1

6

-

-

-

-

-

TOTALS

 

NHL

45

2

7

9

24

-

-

-

-

-

 

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