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Carolina Hurricanes Recall Matt Tennyson from Charlotte Checkers

Tennyson netted a hat trick in Charlotte’s 4-1 win on Friday.

NHL: Preseason-Carolina Hurricanes at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After calling up a pair of forwards from Charlotte on Friday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday that they are also adding defenseman Matt Tennyson to their roster.

Tennyson, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Hurricanes on July 3, 2016. After nearly making the big club out of training camp, he was sent down to Charlotte to start the season.

He has tallied seven points in nine games with the Checkers this season, including a hat-trick performance against the Iowa Wild on Friday night. He is a plus-seven player so far in Charlotte.

This news comes on the heels of defenseman Jakub Nakladal clearing waivers and being assigned to the Checkers. In a corresponding move, Charlotte has also called up defenseman Josh Wesley from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.

Forward Bryan Bickell, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has been placed on injured reserve.

The news release from the team is below.


Jakub Nakladal assigned to Checkers; Bryan Bickell placed on injured reserve

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Francis also announced that the team has assigned defenseman Jakub Nakladal to Charlotte, and that forward Bryan Bickell has been placed on injured reserve.

Tennyson, 26, recorded his first professional multi-goal game on Friday with a hat trick in the Checkers’ 4-1 win at Iowa. The Minnesota, MN, native has earned seven points (3g, 4a) in nine AHL games played this season. Tennyson (6’2”, 205 lbs.) is in his fifth full professional season, and has scored three goals and earned 11 assists in 60 career NHL regular-season games with San Jose. The Hurricanes signed Tennyson as a free agent on July 3.

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