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Lightning Recall D Matt Smaby from Norfolk of the AHL

Saturday, 12.27.2008 / 11:14 AM / Bolts Report
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Lightning Recall D Matt Smaby from Norfolk of the AHL

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Matt Smaby on an emergency basis from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton. Smaby will be available for tonight’s game vs. the Florida Panthers at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.; Sun Sports, AM620 WDAE).

Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of Minneapolis, skated in two games with the Lightning earlier this month, averaging 10:02 of ice time and recording two penalty minutes. He has skated in 25 games with Norfolk this season, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby made his NHL debut with the Lightning in 2007-08, skating in 14 games.

The 24-year-old has appeared in 149 career AHL games with Norfolk and Springfield, tallying five goals, 23 assists and 139 penalty minutes. Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.