SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has assigned defenseman Kurtis Foster to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. The Aeros play at the Chicago Wolves today at 5 p.m. CST. For $6, fans can watch Aeros games via AHL Live at: http://ahl.neulion.com/team/console.jsp. Twin Cities media who would like game footage: the Aeros/Wolves game will be broadcast live on Comcast in Chicago -- contact your affiliate in Chicago for a highlight package.
Foster, 27 (11/24/81), has not played since suffering a fractured left femur on March 19, 2008, in San Jose. Foster collected 19 points (7-12=19) and 37 penalty minutes (PIM) in 56 games with Minnesota in 2007-08, averaging 16:24 of ice time. He finished third among Wild defensemen in points and added three power play goals. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound native of Carp, Ont., has recorded 70 points (20-50=70) and 149 PIM in 171 games covering three seasons with the Wild. He has 71 points (20-51=71) in 176 NHL games with Minnesota and Atlanta.
Minnesota originally signed Foster as a free agent on Aug. 4, 2005. He was Calgary’s second-round pick (No. 40 overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
The Aeros are practicing at Xcel Energy Center this week and will be available to the media. The practice schedule is as follows: