FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Oct. 15, 2006
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forwards Keith Aucoin and Ryan Bayda have been recalled on an emergency basis from Albany of the American Hockey League. Left wing Andrew Ladd has been placed on injured reserve after suffering an upper-body injury in Carolina’s 4-3 win at Atlanta on Friday.
Aucoin, 27, ranks tied for first among Albany skaters with two goals and one assist (3 points) in the team’s three games this season. The Waltham, Mass., native made his NHL debut in 2005-06, earning one assist in seven games with the Hurricanes. Aucoin (5’9”, 187 lbs.) ranked 10th in the AHL last season with 85 points in 72 games with Lowell, Carolina’s former AHL affiliate.
Bayda, 25, has played in just one of Albany’s three games and has not recorded a point this season. The Saskatoon, Sask., native re-signed with the Hurricanes after playing the 2005-06 season with Manitoba of the AHL. Last season, after returning from a knee injury, Bayda scored 13 goals and added 25 assists (38 points) in 59 games with Manitoba. In 69 career NHL games, all with Carolina, Bayda has scored seven goals and earned 13 assists (20 points).
The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at St. Pete Times Forum (7 p.m., Versus, Hurricanes Radio Network). After games next weekend at Buffalo and the NY Islanders, the Hurricanes will return to the RBC Center on Oct. 25 to host the Atlanta Thrashers. Tickets for the Oct. 25 game and all Hurricanes home games in October and November are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.