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Lightning reassign four to the Norfolk Admirals

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forwards Mark Parrish and Paul Szczechura as well as defensemen Matt Lashoff and Vladimir Mihalik to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. 

Parrish, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound native of Bloomington, Minnesota, has played in 16 games with Tampa Bay this season, recording two assists.  He also averaged 15:10 in ice time.  Parrish has played in 51 games with the Admirals this season, totaling 15 goals and 35 points. He currently sits fourth on the team in points and tied for fifth in goals.

A veteran of ten National Hockey League seasons, Parrish has appeared in 720 career NHL games with the Lightning, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars, recording 216 goals and 171 assists in those games. Parrish, who appeared in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 79th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer and reached the 30-goal plateau once.

Szczechura, 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, has played in 52 games with the Lightning in 2009-10, recording five goals and seven points. He has also played in 30 games with the Admirals this season.  Szczechura has recorded seven goals and 26 points with Norfolk.

A native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura has played in 83 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay, recording nine goals and 16 points with 134 shots on goal.  He made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points.  He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. 

Szczechura has played in 130 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Iowa Stars.  He has amassed 39 goals and 93 points.

Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.

Lashoff, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, has played in two games with the Lightning this season, averaging 10:16 in ice time.  He has skated in 66 games with the Admirals this season, recording seven goals and 23 points. He is second on the team among defensemen in goals, assists and points.

A native of East Greenbush, New York, Lashoff has played in 60 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Boston Bruins. During that time he has amassed one goal and 15 points. Last season he posted career highs in assists and points. Lashoff has played in 232 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Providence Bruins, recording 33 goals and 118 points. He was named a starter in the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and also played in the 2007 game. Lashoff was also named to the 2006-07 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Lashoff was acquired by Tampa Bay with Martins Karsums from Boston in exchange for RW Mark Recchi and a second-round pick in 2010 on March 4, 2009. He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, has played in four games with the Lightning this season, averaging 11:32 in ice time per game.  He has appeared in 70 games with Norfolk this season, recording two goals and 17 points. He is tied for the lead among all Admirals defensemen, and is tied for second overall on the team, in plus/minus rating with a plus-8. Mihalik also ranks third among Norfolk rearguards in points.

A native of Presov, Slovakia, Mihalik has played in 15 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. He has amassed three career points, all assists. Mihalik has played in 199 career AHL games, all with Norfolk, recording five goals and 48 points with a plus-13 rating.

Mihalik was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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