CHARLOTTE, NC—Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Derek Wilkinson announced today that rookie forward Chris Chappell has been reassigned to the team by the New York Rangers from Hartford of the American Hockey League and defenseman Kevin Schaeffer was returned from the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.
Chappell has played in five games with the Checkers this season and recorded a goal and an assist. He has also skated in six contests with Hartford, collecting five penalty minutes.
The 21-year-old rookie played four seasons for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League and was rewarded over the summer with an NHL contract with the Rangers. In 2008-09, he scored a team-leading 38 goals and 76 points in 68 games. He also led the team in power-play goals with 18 and was named to the OHL All-Star Classic.
Schaeffer has skated in eight games with the Checkers, collecting two assists. He has also appeared in seven games with the Monsters, adding two assists.The 24-year old blueliner spent the majority of last season with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. In 48 games, he registered three assists and 14 penalty minutes.
Schaeffer was a sixth round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and played four seasons at Boston University before joining the pro ranks.
The Checkers (11-4-2-0) will host Gwinnett tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. and ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com. Season tickets are still available and packages start at just $40. Friday, Dec. 4 will be “As Seen On TV” Night and the Checkers and TeleBrands will be giving away 2,000 authentic As Seen On TV products.
Notes: The Checkers have won six in a row at home…Charlotte has scored 41 goals in its last seven games (5.85 goals per game) and is 6-1-0 over that span… Charlotte is the highest scoring team in the ECHL at 4.35 goals per game and is 7-3-2 against South Division opponents… Tyler Doig has 16 points (4g, 12a) in his last nine games…Kenny Roche has seven goals in his last seven games…Randy Rowe has a three-game goal and point streak (3g, 4a) since being activated from injured reserve on Thursday …Daniel Tkaczuk has 15 points (5g, 10a) in nine games since joining the Checkers…T.J. Reynolds leads all ECHL defensemen with eight fighting majors and ranks second with 72 penalty minutes… Trevor Glass and Aaron Slattengren are on the 21-day injured reserve.