RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.
Boychuk (5’10”, 185 lbs.) has totaled four points (1g, 3a) in 10 NHL games this season. The Airdrie, Alb., native ranks first in the AHL in goals (36) and second in points (72) in 66 games played for Charlotte. Boychuk, 24, is also first in the AHL in power-play goals (18) and was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star team for the 2013-14 season. Carolina’s first-round selection, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk has totaled nine goals and 15 assists (24 points) in 95 career NHL games with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville.
The Hurricanes take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the penultimate game of their 2013-14 season (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).
Again, Boychuk broke the news of his recall via Twitter:
As first pointed out by Checkers team writer, Paul Branecky, it's been a busy couple weeks for the Checkers' forward and AHL's leading goal scorer. In April he earned the AHL's Player of the Month Award, was named to the AHL's Second All-Star Team and was recalled to Carolina twice.
Boychuk's tweet referenced one he sent out earlier this month about he and Chris Terry's plan to play in four games in four days (one for the Hurricanes and then three straight for the Checkers from last Thursday to Sunday).
Here's some more from last night's post-game interviews. Boychuk finished the 3-0 win over Grand Rapids with a goal and an assist.
Checkers coach Jeff Daniels on Boychuk being named to the AHL's Second All-Star Team...
"I don’t know how many times I’ve talked about how consistent he’s been all year. He’s been a go-to guy, a guy who steps up un big games. Chris (Terry) could have been just as easily on one of those two teams too. Those two guys have been our horses all year. It’s good to see Chucky get recognized."
Boychuk on receiving the award...
"Yeah it’s great to get nominated for that. It’s a pretty big award and I’ve got to give credit to my teammates that have helped me and have supported me throughout the season. I think the last few years have kind of been up and down. To have a couple things like that this year feels pretty good."
Boychuk on the difference between last night's game and playing four games in four days...
"Yeah, I had a little more energy tonight, that’s for sure. It’s nice to have a couple days between games instead of getting right back at it."
Terry on Boychuk's award...
"I thought he should have been named to the (first-team), but it’s nice to see anytime a teammate gets recognized. He’s got really good numbers this year and he’s scored a lot of big goals for us."
Terry on if he was disappointed to not be named to either All-Star team himself...
"Not really, I’ll be disappointed if we don’t make the playoffs. That’s one goal that can kind of make everything else numb the pain. We’re not worried about it. I’m just focusing on my game and doing my job."