TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Cameron Gaunce from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.
Gaunce, 29, has appeared in 57 AHL games with the Crunch this season, recording 10 goals and 43 points to go along with 61 penalty minutes. He ranks first among all Syracuse defensemen for goals, assists and points. The Sudbury, Ontario native ranks sixth among AHL defensemen for points. Gaunce has also notched five power-play goals.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 32 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins over three seasons, registering two goals and five points to go along with 36 penalty minutes. Gaunce has also played in 592 career AHL games with the Monsters, Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins, Portland Pirates and Texas Stars, collecting 34 goals and 214 points. He helped the Texas Stars win the Calder Cup in 2014, skating in 18 postseason games, recording four assists and a plus-6 rating.
Gaunce was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.