Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Lightning recall forward Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk
Posted Mar 29, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Mar 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM
With Matt Smaby out and Paul Szczechura apparently not ready to play, the team has called up Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk. Here’s the release from the team:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled right wing Brandon Bochenski from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
Bochenski, 6 foot 1, 187 pounds, has played in 69 games with the Admirals this season, recording 27 goals, 11 power-play goals and 53 points. He leads Norfolk in goals, power-play goals and is second in points.
A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Bochenski has played in 121 career NHL games with Nashville, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and Ottawa. He has amassed 24 goals, 54 points, six power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In 2006-07 he established career highs for games played (41), goals (13), assists (11), points (24), power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) with Boston and Chicago. Bochenski also represented the United States in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.
Bochenski has played in 214 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Binghamton Senators., scoring 117 goals and recording 236 points. He has also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff games, netting two goals and registering three points.
Drafted in the seventh round, 223rd overall, by the Ottawa Senators at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 8, 2008.