LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated left wing Jeff Cowan from the injured reserve list and have assigned left wing Noah Clarke to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.
Cowan, 29, suffered a groin injury in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on October 6. He has appeared in one game for the Kings this season and the 6-2, 205-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario, has zero points and penalty minutes. He was placed on the injured reserve list on October 28 (retroactive to October 6).
Acquired by the Kings from Atlanta for Kip Brennan on March 9, 2004, Cowan has three points (1-2=3) and 24 penalty minutes in 14 career games with the Kings. The seven-year pro, originally signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames on October 2, 1995, has 59 points (32-27=59) and 387 penalty minutes in 259 career NHL games with the Kings, Atlanta and Calgary.
Clarke, 26, played in last night's game with the Kings after being recalled earlier that day. He did not have a point or any penalty minutes. At the time of the recall, Clarke had four points (all assists) in five games to share the lead in Monarchs scoring (with Konstantin Pushkarev).
The 5-9, 193-pound native of LaVerne, California, was originally selected by the Kings in the ninth-round (250th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and became the first native Californian to skate for the Kings when he made his NHL debut against the Edmonton Oilers on December 16, 2003. Clarke has one assist and zero penalty minutes in three career NHL games with the Kings.
The Kings (7-4-0, 14 points) conclude their four-game homestand at STAPLES Center versus the St. Louis Blues tonight at 7:30 p.m. The contest will air on FSN West, KSPN Radio 710 and along the Kings Radio Network.