The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Aaron Ness
has been recalled on emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The statuses of defensemen Mark Eaton
(lower body) and Dylan Reese
(flu) are uncertain for today’s game against.
|Aaron Ness had played in nine games for the Islanders this season. |
Ness, 21, appeared in nine games this season with the Islanders during his first career NHL call-up from Feb. 6-23. The Roseau, MN, native ranks second amongst Sound Tigers defensemen with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 50 games this season.
The Islanders selected Ness in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Ness joined the Sound Tigers on an amateur tryout agreement last season after completing his college campaign at the University of Minnesota. In three seasons with the Golden Gophers, Ness scored 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 111 games.
On the international stage, Ness helped lead the U.S. to a Bronze Medal at the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2008. That year, he also won the “Mr. Hockey” Award as the top high school player in Minnesota, leading all Minnesota High School defenseman in scoring with 72 points (28 goals, 44 assists) in 31 games.