Lightning Recall Admirals Leading Scorer Brandon Bochenski
TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled Admirals leading scorer Brandon Bochenski from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.
Bochenski, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-1, 187-pound right wing out of Blaine, Minnesota, leads the Admirals in goals, assists, points, power play goals, game-winning goals and shots this season while ranking among the American Hockey League leaders in each category. He was selected as a starter for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team earlier this week.
The sixth-year pro has appeared in all 35 games for Norfolk this season and has registered 16 goals and 32 points. He also has six power play goals, four game-winning goals, 102 shots on goal and an even plus-minus rating. Among all AHL players, Bochenski is tied for second in goals, tied for 11th in points, tied for tenth in power play goals, tied for second in game-winning goals and eighth in shots on goal.
In last Tuesday’s game versus Hershey at Norfolk Scope, Bochenski scored his 76th career Admirals goal, tying him with Casey Hankinson for the most career goals in AHL Admirals history. In 139 career games as an Admiral, Bochenski has 76 goals and 75 assists for 151 points. He ranks fifth in points, seventh in assists, first in power play goals (33) and first in game-winning goals (15) in AHL Admirals history.
Bochenski also holds the record for most goals in a single AHL Admirals game (4, 11/25/06 vs. Philadelphia), co-owns the record for most assists in a single game (4, 11/18/06 vs. Binghamton) and co-owns the record for longest point streak in AHL Admirals history (14 games from 11/12/06 – 12/27/06).
In 249 career AHL games between the Admirals, Providence Bruins and Binghamton Senators, Bochenski has 133 goals and 268 points. This is the third time Bochenski has been named an AHL All-Star. He played his first AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie with Binghamton in 2005 and was named a starter for the 2007 Classic during his first stint with the Admirals but did not play due to injury.
Bochenski has appeared in 128 career NHL games between the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators, scoring 24 goals and 31 assists for 55 points. Bochenski was signed by the Lightning to a two-year contract on July 8, 2008. He was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round (223rd overall) in 2001.
The Admirals are in the midst of a three-game road trip and will face the Adirondack Phantoms in the second game of that trip tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The next home action for the Admirals will be a pair of games against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday and Saturday, January 8-9. Friday is All Faith Night with special discounted group tickets available for organizations of all faiths.
Saturday is Special Olympics Night and 2010 Pro Sports Calendar Giveaway Night. Discounted fundraising tickets are available through the Admirals website with proceeds going to Special Olympics of Virginia. Plus, a limited amount of 2010 Pro Sports Calendars featuring the Admirals and Norfolk Tides will be given away at the gates.
For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit norfolkadmirals.com or call (757) 640-1212.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!