LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Teddy Purcell (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.
Purcell, 22, has played in five games with the Kings this season and has one assist (his first career NHL point) and zero penalty minutes. He made his Kings/NHL debut at Edmonton on January 15. With the Monarchs, Purcell leads the team in scoring (58 points) and assists (42), and both totals also rank first among rookies and third overall in the AHL.
The 6-3, 177-pounder was named MVP of the AHL’s All-Star Classic on January 28, 2008, after collecting a hat trick during regulation play and then scoring the decisive goal in a shootout to give the Canadian AHL All-Stars the win. Purcell was also named AHL Rookie of the Month for November after recording 17 points (5-12=17) in 12 games. Purcell, who signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 27, 2007, is a native of St. John’s, New Foundland.