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Press Release: HURRICANES RECALL NIKOS TSELIOS FROM AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

TOMMY WESTLUND RETURNED TO ACTIVE LIST

            RALEIGH, NC (April 6, 2002) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced that the team today recalled defenseman Nikos Tselios from Lowell of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Hurricanes also activated forward Tommy Westlund from the Injured Reserve list. Both players will be available for Sunday’s game against Atlanta (1:30 p.m.).

 Tselios (6’5’’, 215 lbs.) has played 70 games for first-place Lowell this season, accumulating 19 points (3g, 16a) and 64 penalty minutes. He is second among all Lock Monster defensemen with a plus/minus rating of +13. Carolina’s first-round draft pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Tselios has yet to play a game in the NHL. The Oak Park, Ill. native is in his third professional season, and tallied 47 points (10g, 37a) in 159 games with Cincinnati of the IHL in 1999-00 and 2000-01.

 Westlund (6’0’’, 200 lbs.) has missed the last 24 games with a back injury. He was placed on the Injured Reserve list on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18. Westlund has two points (0g, 2a) in 38 games for Carolina this season. The Fors, Sweden native had eight points (5g, 3a) in 79 games for the Hurricanes in 2000-01 and has 22 points (9g, 13a) in 198 games in his NHL career.

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