RALEIGH, N.C. - Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford announced today that the team has assigned defensemen Brett Carson and Bobby Sanguinetti and goaltender Justin Pogge to the Checkers.
Carson, 24, played in 54 games with the Hurricanes last season, recording two goals and 10 assists. He began the season with Albany (AHL) where he posted 11 points (3g, 8a) in 14 games. The Regina, Saskatchewan native was a fourth-round pick of Carolina in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut in the 2008-09 season.
Sanguinetti, 22, is a former first-round pick who was acquired by the Hurricanes from the New York Rangers on draft day in June. He is a two-time AHL All-Star and made his NHL debut last season, playing in five games with the Rangers. Prior to turning professional, the Trenton, N.J. native represented the United States at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships and led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring in 2007-08.
Pogge, 24, was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline last season before finishing the season with Albany. He posted a 1-0-2 record with a 2.41 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in four games with the River Rats. Prior to his trade, the 6-foot-3 netminder had a 12-7-3 record with a 2.57 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 23 games with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL). He made his NHL debut in 2008-09 and played seven games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brett Carson player profile
Justin Pogge player profile
Bobby Sanguinetti player profile
The Checkers’ home opener is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Season tickets for the inaugural 2010-11 AHL season are now on sale and season ticket packages start as low as $10 per game. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com.