LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated goaltender Mathieu Garon from the injured reserve and assigned goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji to the Reading Royals of the ECHL, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
Garon, 29, has a record of 8-7-3, a goals-against-average of 2.80, a save-percentage of .904 and two shutouts in 20 appearances with the Kings this season. The Kings acquired the 6-2, 192-pound native of Chandler, Quebec, who missed nine games with his injury, from Montreal with a third-round choice (Paul Baier) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for Radek Bonk and goaltender Cristobal Huet on June 26, 2004. Originally selected by Montreal in the second-round (44th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Garon has a record of 55-53-9 (3 ties), a goals-against-average of 2.91, a save-percentage of .902 and 10 shutouts in 126 career NHL appearances with the Kings and Montreal.
Fukufuji, 24, has a record of 0-3-0, a goals-against-average of 4.38 and a save-percentage of .837 in four games with the Kings this season. In addition, the 6-1, 180-pound native of Kushiro, Japan, and the first player born and trained in Japan to ever play in an NHL game (Kings at St. Louis on January 13, 2007), has a record of 2-0-0, a goals-against-average of 1.30, a save-percentage of .954 and no shutouts in three games with the Manchester Monarchs this season (AHL) and a record of 3-3-0, a goals-against-average of 3.19 and a save-percentage of .898 in 10 appearances with the Royals this season. The Kings originally selected Fukufuji in the eighth-round (238th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.