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Hurricanes recall Di Giuseppe, Stempniak from Charlotte

The AHL forward returns to the NHL amid Hurricanes scoring woes, and the veteran comes back after an injury setback.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Sunday night that forward Phil Di Giuseppe has been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Di Giuseppe has played in 14 games with Charlotte this season, registering 12 points (four goals, eight assists). This is his first recall of the season after he was the final cut out of training camp in early October.

Di Giuseppe replaces Checkers captain Patrick Brown on the roster. Brown was recalled for insurance during the Canes’ two-game road trip and did not make an appearance in five games on the NHL roster, serving as a healthy scratch in each game. He returns to a powerful Charlotte squad that lost their last game, snapping a four game win streak.

The Hurricanes also announced they have recalled forward Lee Stempniak from Charlotte, who was in the minors for a conditioning stint. Stempniak suffered an injury in his first game of his conditioning stint after just two shifts.

See the Hurricanes press release below:

Patrick Brown assigned to Checkers; Lee Stempniak recalled from conditioning stint

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Phil Di Giuseppe from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Francis also announced that the team has assigned forward Patrick Brown to Charlotte, and that Lee Stempniak has been recalled from his conditioning stint.

Di Giuseppe, 24, is ranked fourth on the Checkers with 12 points (4g, 8a) in 14 games this season. The Maple, Ontario, native has earned 24 points (8g, 16a) in 77 career games with Carolina, including seven points (1g, 6a) in 36 games with the Hurricanes last season. Di Giuseppe was Carolina’s first pick, 38th overall, in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canes on March 26, 2014.

Brown, 25, registered four points (1g, 3a) in nine games with the Checkers prior to his recall on Oct. 31 and was a healthy extra for all five Hurricanes games since joining the team. The Bloomfield Hills, MI, native has recorded two points (1g, 1a) in 28 career NHL games with Carolina and skated in a career-high 14 games with the Hurricanes last season. Brown signed with Carolina as a free agent on April 12, 2014, following his four-year collegiate career at Boston College.

Stempniak is being recalled after suffering an upper-body injury during the first game of his conditioning stint with Charlotte on Friday night in Utica.