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Lightning Recall RW Steve Downie from Norfolk

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Steve Downie from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. D Vladmir Mihalik has been reassigned to the Admirals.

Downie, 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, has played in 14 NHL games this season with the Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first goal with Tampa Bay on December 2 at Philadelphia, his first NHL goal with a team other than the Flyers. He has a goal in eight games played with the Lightning this season.

A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Downie has played 46 career NHL games, recording seven goals and 13 points. He has one career game-winning goal and one shorthanded goal.

Downie has played in 22 games in the AHL this season with Norfolk and Philadelphia, recording nine goals and 32 points. He was recently selected to represent the Canadian All-Stars at the 2009 AHL All-Star Game.

Selected by Philadelphia in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Downie was acquired by the Lightning with Steve Eminger and a fourth round pick in 2009 in exchange for Matt Carle and a third-round pick in 2009.

A 6-foot-7, 222-pound native of Presov, Slovakia, Mihalik has recorded two assists with the Lightning this season in seven games. He has averaged 12:11 in ice time with four shots on goal. He had a two-game assist streak from January 4 to January 12 (missing two games in between starts).

The 22-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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