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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 seven games with Tampa Bay this season, recording a goal and two points. He notched his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado with an assist and followed that up with his first NHL goal December 7 at Calgary. Harju has skated in 40 games with the Admirals in his North American debut this season, recording 18 goals and 35 points with a plus-13 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and is tied for third in points and power play goals (3). Harju represented Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Classic, recording an assist.

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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