'BLACK ACE' SQUAD CONSISTS OF FIVE PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR TAMPA BAY THIS SEASON
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Nick Tarnasky, Darren Reid, Norm Milley, Jason Jaspers, Zdenek Blatny, Marek Kvapil and Mitch Fritz, defenseman Doug O'Brien, and goaltender Gerald Coleman from Springfield of the American Hockey League to serve as reserves during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs presented by Sweetbay Supermarket, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today.
Tarnasky, Reid, Milley, O'Brien and Coleman will all be making return trips to the Lightning after being previously recalled during the regular season. Springfield assistant coach Darren Rumble will also be returning to lead practices. Rumble played two seasons with Tampa Bay in 2002-03 and in 2003-04. The former defenseman also won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2003-04. The players will practice separately from the active Tampa Bay roster.
Milley, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of Toronto skated in 14 games with the Lightning and scored two goals while adding an assist. He recorded one goal on the power play. The left wing also ranked fourth on the Falcons in points with 48 in 53 games. Tarnasky, a 6-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, appeared in 12 games with Tampa Bay and dished out an assist, his first career point. O'Brien, a 6-1, 200-pound native of St. Johns, Newfoundland played in five games on the Lightning blue line and had an even rating. He also led all Falcon defensemen in points with seven goals and 32 points. Coleman made two appearances, recording 15 saves on 17 shots, and posted a .79 goals-against average.
Blatny, a 6-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic was acquired from the Boston Bruins earlier this season and scored 14 goals with 29 points in 31 games with Springfield this year. For the season he scored 22 goals while pitching in 37 assists between the two teams. He ranked third on the Falcons in points and was second in goals.
Kvapil, a 5-11, 175-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic ranked fifth on the Falcons in scoring with 18 goals and 45 points in 66 games this season. The right wing is in his first professional season.
Fritz, a 6-8, 258-pound native of Osoyoos, British Columbia led all Falcons in penalty minutes and had six goals with 11 points in 69 games this season. He was also named the AHL's Man of the Year.