Zigomanis to Join Top Canadian AHLers in All-Star Game on MondayRALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2004)
- Jim Rutherford, President / General Manager of theCarolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has reassigned centerMike Zigomanis and defenseman Tomas Malec to Lowell of the AmericanHockey League. Zigomanis will play for the Canadian All-Star teamagainst the PlanetUSA team in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday in GrandRapids, Mich.
Zigomanis, 23, leads the Lock Monsters in points (39) and assists (29)while playing in 45 games this season. He played for the Hurricanes atColorado and Anaheim after a Feb. 1 recall to replace Marty Murray inCarolina's lineup. Murray missed Carolina's games at Colorado andAnaheim to be with his wife Andrea who is expecting the couple's firstchild. Zigomanis was named the AHL's Sher-Wood Player of the Week forthe period ending Jan. 25. In 19 games with the Hurricanes last season,Zigomanis recorded two goals and an assist in his first NHL recall. TheHurricanes drafted Zigomanis in the second round, 46th overall, in the2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Malec, 21, also returns to Lowell after playing his first two games withthe Hurricanes this season at Colorado and Anaheim following his Feb. 2recall. Malec has recorded three goals and six assists (9 points) andaccumulated 67 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Lock Monsters thisseason. The Skalica, Slovakia, native made his NHL debut with theHurricanes on Dec. 15, 2002, and played in 41 games with Carolina duringthe 2002-03 season, tallying two assists.
The Hurricanes are off until Monday, Feb. 9, following NHL All-Starweekend in St. Paul, Minn. Carolina will practice at the RecZone onMonday at 2 p.m. and will play its next game on Feb. 12 when theWashington Capitals visit the RBC Center. For Hurricanes ticketinformation, please visit the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center orskate to www.carolinahurricanes.com.