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Press Release: HURRICANES RE-ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN HILL FROM ST. LOUIS

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

DEFENSEMAN STEVE HALKO, DRAFT PICK SENT FOR PHYSICAL BLUELINER

RALEIGH, NC (Dec. 5, 2001) - Jim Rutherford, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has re-acquired defenseman Sean Hill from the St. Louis Blues.

The Hurricanes traded defenseman Steve Halko and a fourth round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to the Blues for the 31-year-old Hill, who played for Carolina from 1997-2000.

“We’re real happy to get Sean back,” Rutherford said. “This move gives us more depth on defense.”

Hill played 23 games for St. Louis this season with three assists. He led the Blues in hits with 67 and had 25 hits in his last nine games. Hill signed as a free agent on July 1, 2000 and suffered through an injury-plagued season. He played in just 48 games, recording a goal and 10 assists.

Hill had his best offensive season in 1999-2000 with Carolina. In 62 games, Hill had 13 goals and 31 assists. In 158 games with the Hurricanes, Hill had 13 goals, 46 assists and 155 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with their ninth choice (167th overall), Hill has 32 goals, 114 assists and 500 penalty minutes in 471 NHL games with Montreal, Anaheim, Ottawa, Carolina and St. Louis.

Halko, 27, was a 10th-round draft pick (225th overall) of the Hartford Whalers in 1992. This season, Halko has played in just five games with one assist. He was a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes for 18 consecutive games, and 26 overall this season.

Now in his fifth NHL season, Halko has no goals, 15 assists and 71 penalty minutes in 149 NHL games.

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