Kuhnhackl Recalled by Islanders; Gillam Returned
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced Monday that forward Tom Kuhnhackl has been recalled from loan by the New York Islanders. In addition, goaltender Mitch Gillam has been returned on loan to the team's ECHL affiliate, the Worcester Railers H.C.
Kuhnhackl, 26, made his Sound Tigers debut on Friday and recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-2 win against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Webster Bank Arena. It was his first AHL contest since Jan. 5, 2016 and his first three-point performance in the AHL since Nov. 4, 2015.
Previously, Kuhnhackl recorded one goal in four games with the Islanders this season, scoring in last Tuesday's 6-3 road win against his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last year, he notched eight points (two goals, six assists) in 69 games with Pittsburgh during his sixth and final season in the Penguins organization.
A native of Landshut, Germany, Kuhnhackl has 40 points (12 goals, 28 assists) in 172 regular-season NHL games with Pittsburgh, and an additional seven points (three goals, four assists) in 47 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances. He is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2016, 2017). In addition, the 6'2, 196-pound forward boasts 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) in 155 AHL games with the Sound Tigers and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
He was initially selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (#110 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Gillam, 26, has played five games with the Railers this season and went 2-3-0 with a 2.85 goals-against-average and .916 save percentage. Last year, he played a team-high 41 games with Worcester and posted a 23-14-2 record to earn ECHL all-star honors during his rookie campaign. He led the club in wins, goals-against-average (2.15), save percentage (.925) and shutouts (5), and helped Worcester qualify for the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The 6'0, 180-pound netminder also went 1-1-0 with a 2.88 goals-against-average in three post-season appearances. Gillam, a native of Peterborough, Ont., had a four-year career at Cornell University and posted a 47-28-17 record in 97 career games with the Big Red. He was named to the NCAA All-Ivy League Second Team on two occasions.
Gillam did not make an appearance with the Sound Tigers.
Next time Out: The Sound Tigers host the Binghamton Devils at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday at Webster Bank Arena to continue a five-game homestand. It's the annual Cool Fun 101 school-day game presented by IBEW Local 488. Fans can follow all of the live action via AHLTV and the Sound Tigers Radio Network, beginning with the pre-game show at 10:15 a.m.
Packed Promotional Lineup: The Sound Tigers will boast one of their most extensive and wide-ranging promotional schedules ever for the 2018-19 season. The fan-friendly calendar includes the return of popular themes like Hockey and Hops (Nov. 23 and Mar. 17), Military Appreciation (Jan. 12), Star Wars Night (Jan. 19) and Princess Night (Mar. 30). Regional hockey fans will be elated for the addition of Hockey Weekend in Connecticut (Feb. 23-24), while other new headliners include Holiday Gift Weekend (Dec. 15-16) and a revamped Teddy Bear Toss (Nov. 23). View the full 2018-19 promotional schedule.
For additional details or to reserve a group outing for any giveaway or theme night, please call the Sound Tigers' front office at (203) 345-2300 ext 7.
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