TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Paul Szczechura (sha-HER-uh) and left wing Radek Smolenak (SMOH-leh-nak) from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.
Szczechura, 23, leads Norfolk in scoring this season with 11 goals and 24 points in 23 games. A 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on April 24, 2008. He played four collegiate seasons at Western Michigan from 2003-04 through 2006-07, recording 44 goals, 86 assists and 107 penalty minutes in 153 games. He was voted the CCHA’s smartest player in 2005-06 in the annual captain’s poll.
Szczechura played his first full AHL season in 2007-08 splitting the season between Iowa and Norfolk. In 24 games with the Admirals he tallied 14 goals and 26 points after managing only two goals and five points in 29 games with Iowa.
Smolenak, who turns 22 on Wednesday, is a 6-2, 180-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, and was drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 73rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is in his third professional season and has recorded eight goals, 18 points and 93 penalty minutes in 23 games with Norfolk this season. He played in 56 games with Norfolk in 2007-08, tallying 15 goals and 26 points.
Smolenak played two junior seasons with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League in 2004-05 and 2005-06, tallying 74 goals and 144 points in 65 games. He has also skated in 62 games with Johnstown and Mississippi of the ECHL the past two seasons, recording 22 goals, 28 assists and 49 penalty minutes.
Paul Szczechura’s Career Statistics
Radek Smolenak’s Career Statistics