The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Doug O'Brien to Springfield of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. O'Brien was recalled from Springfield on an emergency basis on March 26 due to an injury to defenseman Dan Boyle. Boyle returned to the Lightning lineup last night in a 4-1 victory vs. Florida.
O'Brien, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of St. Johns, Newfoundland, appeared in three games with the Lightning during his current recall, bringing his season total to five. He appeared in his first NHL game on January 29 at Washington.
He has six goals and 23 assists this season in 67 games with the Falcons. He currently leads all Springfield defensemen in points. In 2003-04 he appeared in 74 games with the Falcons and scored four goals with 13 assists and 76 penalty minutes. He led all Falcon defensemen in points and had one game winner. He also skated in three games with Johnstown of the ECHL and recorded two penalty minutes. O'Brien was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 192nd overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.