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ISLANDERS SIGN THE WRECKER

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Joel Rechlicz

Photo by Andy Camp
The New York Islanders have signed right wing Joel Rechlicz (pronounced WRECK-lidge) to a three-year entry level contract. The 6-4, 220 pound forward is billed as a tough-as-nails type of player and will bring toughness to the organizational depth chart. Rechlicz will turn 21 in June.

"We've been looking at Joel for some time now and he was a player we targeted for his toughness and energy," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "He's someone who will help our organization be stronger in those areas."

Rechlicz, nicknamed “The Wrecker” by fans from different cities, spent the 2007-08 season splitting time between the Albany River Rats of the AHL and the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL. He played in 25 games for each club and scored a goal with an assist for two points and 206 penalty minutes in his combined time at those two stops.

Rechlicz began his junior career in 2005-06 splitting time between the Des Moines Buccaneers and the Indiana Ice of the USHL and Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. In 2006-07, Rechlicz spent the majority of the season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL while also skating in a pair of games with the Chicago Hounds of the UHL.

Rechlicz, a native of Brookfield, WI, will attend the team’s annual summer mini-camp in July.


Joel Rechlicz
Photo by Andy Camp
JOEL RECHLICZ VITALS
Position: Right Wing
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6-4
Weight: 220
Born: June 14, 1987 in Brookfield, WI




JOEL RECHLICZ STAT BOX

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2004-05 Santa Fe Roadrunners NAHL 3 0 1 1 29
2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 2 0 0 0 4
2005-06 Indiana Ice USHL 2 0 0 0 16
2005-06 Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 3 0 0 0 17
2006-07 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 55 0 1 1 159
2006-07 Chicago Hounds UHL 2 0 0 0 9
2007-08 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 25 1 0 1 100
2007-08 Albany River Rats AHL 25 0 1 1 106


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