TAMPA BAY, FL Ė The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL affiliate of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled defenseman Jamie Heward from the Admirals, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton.
Heward, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman, leads all Norfolk defensemen in scoring with 14 points. In 20 games, Heward has six goals and eight assists with 25 penalty minutes. Four of his goals and seven of his assists have come on the power play. Heward ranks in the top 15 of AHL scoring by defensemen.
The 37-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan, has two assists in four games with the Lightning this season. He tied his career best with two assists October 11 against Carolina.
The 2008-09 season marks the eighteenth season of professional hockey for Heward. He has appeared in 937 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, and European pro leagues, scoring 135 goals and 321 assists with 836 penalty minutes.
Heward is a veteran of 385 NHL games over nine seasons between Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Washington, Columbus, New York Islanders, Nashville and Toronto. He has recorded 38 career goals, 124 points, 22 power play goals and six game-winning goals. He played in 53 games with SKA St. Petersburg in Russia last season, registering two goals and 17 points.
Heward has skated in 206 career American Hockey League games between Norfolk, St. Johnís, Philadelphia and Syracuse, netting 56 goals and 119 assists with 144 penalty minutes. In 1997-98 with the Phantoms, Heward captured the Eddie Shore Award as the AHLís most outstanding defenseman as Philadelphia captured the 1998 Calder Cup.
The Admirals will continue a five-game homestand with a pair of contests against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.
On Friday night, the Admirals will hold their annual Toy Toss. Fans are asked to bring new plush toys to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal of the game. The toys will be donated to several area charities, including the Childrenís Hospital of the Kingís Daughters, Ronald McDonald House, St. Maryís Home for Children and 4Kids Inc. Shelters.
Also on Friday, the Admirals will hold their first College Fair. High school students with a valid high school ID can purchase $8 tickets at the Scope Box Office. They can then visit information tables and ask questions of representatives from several area colleges and universities.
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 (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Donít miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admiralsí Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!