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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Noah Welch from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick.

Welch, 23, was recalled on an emergency basis to replace Sergei Gonchar who is day-to-day with an illness. 

Welch made his NHL debut on March 24 in a 4-3 overtime win against the New York Islanders.  He recorded his first point, an assist, in that game on Sergei Gonchar’s second period goal.  Welch, then, notched his first goal two games later in a 6-5 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on March 26.  He appeared in three games while with the parent Penguins, recording four points (1+3) and a plus-2 rating. 

The 6-4 and 215-pound defenseman appeared in 77 games during the regular season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 29 points (9+20), 99 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating.  He led all Penguins’ defensemen in scoring and ranked in a tie for third among team rookies in points.  He was fifth on the team in penalty minutes and tied for third with a plus-15 rating.

The native of Brighton, Massachusetts was drafted by the Penguins in the second round (54th overall) of the 2001 draft.

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