RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned forward Patrick Dwyer to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. Dwyer was recalled to the Hurricanes on Jan. 3, and played 5:57 of ice time in Carolina’s 3-2 win at Tampa Bay last night.
Dwyer, 25, made his NHL debut on Nov. 2 against Toronto, and has played in 13 NHL games with the Hurricanes this season. He netted his first NHL goal on Nov. 28, deflecting a Joni Pitkanen shot past Philadelphia’s Antero Niittymaki, and he averaged 8:33 per game in ice time during his 13 games on the NHL level this season. The Spokane, WA native has totaled seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) and 13 penalty minutes in 25 games with Albany (AHL) this year. Signed by the Hurricanes as a free agent on July 7, 2006, Dwyer has totaled 52 goals and 76 assists (128 points) in 236 career AHL games with Chicago and Albany.