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Rangers Recall G Milan Hnilicka, RW Chris Kenady and D Dale Purinton from Hartford (AHL)

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The New York Rangers announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Milan Hnilicka, right wing Chris Kenady and defenseman Dale Purinton from Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hnilicka (hih-LEECH-kah), 26, has compiled a 22-11-0 record, along with a 2.15 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in 36 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) this season. His 2.15 goals against average leads all AHL netminders. Hnilicka is also tied for seventh in the AHL in wins (22), sixth in save percentage (.928) and tied for second in shutouts (5). The 6-0, 180-pound goaltender made his Rangers/NHL debut on October 14, 1999 vs. Pittsburgh. The native of Litomerice, Czech Republic was originally the New York Islanders fourth choice, 70th overall, in the 1991 Entry Draft.

Kenady, 26, has collected 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 71 games with Hartford (AHL) this season. He ranks third on the club with 196 penalty minutes. Kenady has appeared in one contest with the Rangers, making his debut with the club on November 13, 1999 vs. Boston. The 6-2, 215 pound right wing was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on February 22, 1999 as future considerations in the February 13, 1999 deal involving Jeff Finley and Geoff Smith. The native of Mound, Minnesota was originally St. Louis’ eighth draft choice, 175th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Purinton, 23, has collected eight points (four goals, four assists), along with 415 penalty minutes in 62 games with Hartford this season. The 6-3, 214-pound defenseman leads all Hartford players and ranks third in the AHL in penalty minutes (415). He is looking to make his NHL debut today vs. Philadelphia. The native of Fort Wayne, Indiana was New York’s fifth choice, 117th overall, in the 1995 Entry Draft.
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