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KINGS RECALL TUKONEN; ASSIGN BOYLE

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Lauri Tukonen from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), and have assigned forward Brian Boyle to Manchester, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi Sunday announced.

Tukonen, 21, has played in 38 games with the Monarchs this season, and he has 19 points (6-13=19) and 10 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 198-pound native of Hyvinkaa, Finland, has not played with the Kings this season.

Tukonen, who made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 2006-07 season (February 22, 2007 vs. Vancouver), will wear jersey No. 34. Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Tukonen has zero points and zero penalty minutes in four career NHL games – all with the Kings in 2006-07.

Boyle, 23, has five points (4-1=5), four penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in eight games with the Kings this season, and he made his NHL debut and scored his first NHL goal with the Kings at New Jersey on February 2, 2008. With the Monarchs, he has 43 points (21-22=43) and 43 penalty minutes in 47 games this season.

A 6-6, 222-pound native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Boyle leads the Monarchs with 21 goals, ranks second on the club with 11 power-play goals and ranks third on the club with 43 points. In the AHL, he was the League’s Rookie of the Month for January and he ranks first among rookies in goals and second in power-play goals. Boyle was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (26th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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