FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—February 6, 2007
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle (FRAN-tih-sehk KA-buhr-luh) has been activated from the non-roster injured list. Kaberle will be available to play in the Hurricanes’ game tonight at Montreal. To make room for Kaberle on the 23-man roster, the team has assigned defenseman Anton Babchuk to its American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany River Rats.
Kaberle has missed the Hurricanes’ first 55 games this season after undergoing shoulder surgery on Sept. 11. The 33-year-old, Kladno, Czech Republic, native led all Carolina defensemen in scoring in 2005-06, posting 44 points (6g, 38a) in 77 regular-season games, including one goal and 16 assists on the power play. Along with leading club defensemen in scoring last season, Kaberle ranked tied for 13th in assists and 22nd in points among NHL blueliners. He averaged 19:36 of ice time per game, good for second among team defensemen, and his 38 assists ranked him tied for sixth among all Hurricanes skaters.
Kaberle (6’0”, 190 lbs.) played in all 25 of Carolina’s 2006 postseason games, scoring four goals and earning nine assists (13 points), including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against Edmonton. The Hurricanes signed Kaberle to a new four-year contract on June 27, 2006, just eight days after the team hoisted the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
The Carolina Hurricanes begin a three-game road trip at Montreal on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) before traveling on to Boston for a Thursday game (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network) and Minnesota for a Saturday evening game against the Wild (8 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes return to the RBC Center on Feb. 13 to take on the Los Angeles Kings (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) in the first game of a two-game home stand. Tickets for all Hurricanes home games are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.