RALEIGH, NC (April 8, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has recalled defenseman David Tanabe (tah-NAH-bee) from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League. Tanabe registered 12 points (0g, 12a) and 14 penalty minutes in 29 games for the Cyclones.
Before being assigned to the Cyclones on February 9, 2000, Tanabe, 19, played in 29 games for the Hurricanes this season, registering three power-play goals and 12 penalty minutes. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native became only the tenth player in franchise history to record a goal in his first NHL game, scoring against the Calgary Flames on October 11, 1999.
Tanabe (6’1”, 195 lbs.), who agreed to a multi-year contract on October 2, 1999, was drafted with the team’s first pick (16th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. When he was drafted, Tanabe had just completed his freshman season with the University of Wisconsin of the WCHA. Last season with Wisconsin, Tanabe had 10 goals and 12 assists for a total of 22 points in 35 games.