RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned defenseman Roland McKeown (mick-CUE-in) to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Charlotte Checkers.
McKeown, 21, has earned two assists in two games with the Hurricanes this season. The Listowel, Ont., native made his NHL/Hurricanes debut on Nov. 4 at Arizona and earned his first NHL/Hurricanes points with two assists against Florida on Nov. 7. McKeown has tallied three points (1g, 2a) in nine games with the Checkers this season and has recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 84 career AHL games. The 6'1", 195-pound defenseman was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft. McKeown was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Kings on Feb. 25, 2015, along with a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft (Julien Gauthier) in exchange for Andrej Sekera.