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Lightning Recall Johan Harju from Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Johan Harju (har-YOO) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.  

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating.  He leads Norfolk in goals and points, tied for the lead with three power play goals and tied for second in assists.  Harju has scored a goal in three of the Admirals’ previous four games.  Harju was recently named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating.  He also ranks tied for third in the league in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju played in 55 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording four goals and 18 points.  He played two playoff games with Moscow, recording a goal and eight penalty minutes.

Harju has represented Sweden at the previous two IIHF World Championships, held in Switzerland and Germany respectively.  In 2009 he recorded two goals and four points.  This past summer he notched four goals and five points.

He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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