Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thrashers Recall Forward Brett Sterling from Chicago (AHL)

The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled forward Brett Sterling from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

Sterling, 24, is tied for fifth on the Wolves with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 41 games this season. He shares third on the team in goals (16) and is fifth in power play goals (six). The 5-7, 175-pound left wing earned a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) last night vs. Iowa and has five points (three goals, two assists) in his last three games. Sterling, who missed 15 games due to injury from Feb. 6 to March 7, scored a goal in his return to the Wolves lineup on March 8 vs. Peoria. He posted a season-long four-game point streak from Nov. 22-29, recording eight points (four goals, four assists) during that span.

The Los Angeles native began this season with the Thrashers, recording one goal in three games before being assigned to Chicago on Nov. 7. In 16 career NHL games with Atlanta, Sterling has registered four points (two goals, two assists). He has earned 199 points (109 goals, 90 assists) in 188 AHL games with Chicago.

Sterling, who was selected by the Thrashers in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, captured the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2006-07, following a 97 point (55 goals, 42 assists) rookie campaign. That season Sterling led the AHL in goals, becoming the first rookie to do so since 1989.

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