LIGHTNING RECALL RIGHT WING KYLE WANVIG FROM SPRINGFIELD
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Kyle Wanvig from Springfield of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Wanvig, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, was acquired by the Lightning from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 1 and has appeared in 11 games with the Falcons this season, recording three goals, five points and 13 penalty minutes. He began the season with Chicago of the AHL, recording 10 goals, 21 points and 61 penalty minutes in 26 games. Wanvig has played in 64 career NHL games - all with the Minnesota Wild - recording five career goals and nine assists, including one power play goal. His best season was in 2005-06 when he appeared in 51 games with the Wild and scored four goals with 12 points.
Entering this season Wanvig had played in 239 career AHL games and scored 57 goals with 113 points, all with the Houston Aeros. He also appeared in 37 playoff games with the Aeros and scored seven goals and recorded 15 points including four game-winning goals. He played with Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist in Houston as the netminder was named Calder Cup MVP and won the AHL Championship.
Wanvig, 26, played his junior career in the Western Hockey League where he appeared in 266 games and scored 107 goals while registering 205 points. He was also named the 2001 Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy recipient as the Most Valuable Player of the Memorial Cup. He was selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round, 89th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and was re-drafted by Minnesota in the second round, 36th overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.