RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Boychuk is being recalled on emergency conditions for forward Jiri Tlusty (YIH-ree T’LOO-stee), who suffered an upper-body injury in the team’s game at Atlanta on Thursday.
Boychuk, 21, leads the Checkers and is tied for second among all AHL skaters with 32 points this season, while skating in all 28 of Charlotte’s games. His 22 assists also lead the team and rank sixth in the AHL. The Airdrie, Alb., native is in his second full professional season, and has yet to play a game this year with the Hurricanes. Boychuk (5’10”, 185 lbs.) has played in 33 career NHL regular-season games with Carolina, scoring three goals and earning six assists (9 points). The Hurricanes drafted Boychuk in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.