CHARLOTTE, NC--Charlotte Checkers general manager and head coach Derek Wilkinson announced today that goaltender Miika Wiikman has been recalled, and defenseman Julien Brouillette loaned, to the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack. The two players mark the fourth and fifth players to be called up this week.
Wiikman, 25, leads the Checkers in wins with nine and has only one regulation loss in his last 13 starts. The 5-foot-11 netminder has a 9-2-3 record with a 2.77 goals against average and .909 save percentage.
The native of Mariestad, Sweden spent most of last season with Hartford, leading the team in games played (43), saves (1,043) and shutouts (2). Wiikman also suited up in four games with the Checkers in 2008-09, posting a 1-1-2 record with a 2.36 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Prior to coming to North America, Wiikman helped HPK Hameenlinna capture the 2006 Finnish Elite League Championship. That season he won the Jari Kurri trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player in the playoffs.
Brouillette, 23, leads all Checkers defensemen with 26 points (10g, 26a) and ranks sixth in scoring among ECHL blueliners. He also ranks fourth on the team with a +11 rating. Brouillette was called up to Providence (AHL) in December and registered one assist in three games.
The native of St. Esprit, Quebec is in his second season with the Checkers. In 2008-09, he led all Charlotte defensemen in scoring with 29 points (11g, 18a).
Prior to turning pro, Brouillette played four seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In four seasons, he notched 27 goals, 96 assists and accumulated 206 penalty minutes.
The Checkers (23-14-5) will continue their northern road trip in Reading tonight before returning home on Thursday, Feb. 4 to host the Florida Everblades Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4-ICE or visiting www.gocheckers.com.
Notes: Charlotte is 13-3-1 in its last 17 home games…The Checkers are 6-0-0 against East Division opponents this season…Andrew Carroll has nine goals and six assists in his last 11 games and his five game-winning goals are the second highest total in the entire ECHL…Tyler Doig ranks fourth in ECHL scoring with 51 points (12g, 39a) and is the only player in the top 100 scorers with over 100 penalty minutes…Michel Leveille ranks tied for 11th in the ECHL with 43 points (14g, 29a)…Julien Brouillette has eight points (4g, 4a) in his last nine games and ranks sixth among all ECHL defensemen with 26 points (10g, 16a)…T.J. Reynolds leads all ECHL defensemen with 174 penalty minutes, and is fourth in overall plus-minus with a +17 rating…Julien Brouillette, Derek Couture, Kenny Roche and Kevin Schaeffer are with Hartford (AHL) while Matt Ford and Randy Rowe are with Lake Erie (AHL)…Trevor Glass, Chris Snavely and Chris Chappell are on the 21-day injured reserve.