Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Emergency Recalls Send Mike McKenna, Roope Hintz to Dallas

(Credit: Texas Stars)
Forward Roope Hintz and goalie Mike McKenna have both been recalled to the Dallas Stars this morning. Hintz was with Dallas last night and may not have ever physically left. He was an emergency recall last night to deal with an unspecified injury in the Dallas lineup. He took warmups but did not play. Meanwhile, Ben Bishop left last night's game against the Senators and McKenna is likely needed to back up Kari Lehtonen tonight.

It's expected that McKenna will be backing up Lehtonen for at least the next two games. Hintz may be assigned back to Texas just as quickly as yesterday.

Here's the release:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Roope Hintz and goaltender Mike McKenna from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hintz, 21, ranks fourth on Texas with 15 goals and is tied for fifth on the team with 27 points (15-12=27) in 55 AHL games this season. Hintz also ranks third on the team with five power play goals and is tied for fourth with two game-winning goals in 2017-18.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

McKenna, 34, has posted a 14-9-4 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average with one shutout in 29 appearances with Texas during the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

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