RALEIGH, NC (December 29, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has recalled center Greg Koehler from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League. Right wing Shane Willis will go on the Injured Reserve list to make room for Koehler. Willis is listed as day-to-day with back spasms.
Through December 27, Koehler (6’2’’, 195 lbs.) was first on the Cyclones in goals with 15 and ranked second in points with 26 (15g, 11a). Koehler, 25, also had 62 penalty minutes through 35 games and has shown a marked improvement in his offensive production this season. A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Koehler had 25 points (12g, 13a) in 74 games last season for the Cyclones.
Signed as a free agent by the Hurricanes on March 31, 1998, Koehler began his professional career with the Beast of New Haven of the American Hockey League (AHL) after two seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Koehler split the 1998-99 season between New Haven and the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) before spending all of last season with Cincinnati.