RALEIGH, NC (April 23, 2001) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that forwards Craig Adams, Josef Vasicek and defenseman Niclas Wallin have been reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League.
The three players will arrive in time to play for the Cyclones in Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the best-of-7 IHL first-round playoff series against the Orlando Solar Bears. The series is tied 1-1, with the next three games scheduled for Cincinnati.
Vasicek was tied for the Hurricanes’ lead in postseason goals this season with two in six games. Adams and Wallin were scoreless in three postseason games.
“This is all part of the developmental stage for these players so they’ll see more ice time next season with the Hurricanes,” Rutherford said. “They will be joining one of the youngest teams in the IHL, a team which has a chance to contend for the league championship.”
In 76 games with Carolina this season, Vasicek had 8 goals and 13 assists. Adams had one goal in 44 games while Wallin had two goals and three assists in 37 games.