RALEIGH, NC (February 21, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has recalled forward Shane Willis from its International Hockey League affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones. Willis will be available for this afternoon’s game against the Washington Capitals (1:30 p.m.) at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Willis, 22, is being recalled to the Hurricanes for the first time this season. With Cincinnati, Willis has totaled 27 goals and 16 assists for 43 points in 55 games. His total of 27 goals leads the Cyclones and ranks third overall in the IHL. Willis’ point total ranks third best on the Cyclones. Willis was voted to the IHL All-Star Team this season and recorded the hardest shot at the Skills Competition with a 95.9 mph shot.
Willis has played a total of seven NHL games and has yet to record a point. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round (88th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
The Hurricanes head into a week filled with Southeast Division foes in the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers. After hosting the Capitals this afternoon, Carolina will meet the Panthers Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and travel to Florida to take on the Panthers on Saturday night.