DEFENSEMAN HAS EIGHT POINTS IN 15 GAMES FOR LOWELL
RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2002) – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the 2002 Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has reassigned defenseman Steve Halko to Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Halko, who signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on Aug. 5, has eight points (0g, 8a) in 15 games for Lowell this season. Originally drafted by the Hurricanes organization, Carolina traded Halko and a fourth round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 5, 2001 for defenseman Sean Hill. St. Louis bought out Halko’s contract after last season, and the 28-year-old became a free agent.
Halko (6’1’’, 200 lbs.) was the organization’s 10th-round draft pick (225th overall) in 1992. He played in five games with Carolina last season, registering one assist. After his trade to St. Louis, the Blues assigned Halko to the Worcester IceCats of the American Hockey League for conditioning. In 43 games for the IceCats, Halko had eight points (3g, 5a) and 15 penalty minutes. He had one assist in three playoff games for Worcester.
Halko has totaled 15 points (0g, 15a) and 71 penalty minutes in 149 games over five NHL seasons with Carolina. Halko has 51 points (7g, 44a) and 154 penalty minutes in 235 career AHL games.