Konopka Called Up
The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL affiliate of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled Admirals captain Zenon Konopka, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton.
Konopka's recall is an emergency call-up due to an upper body injury to Adam Hall, and does not subject Konopka to recall waivers.
Konopka, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound center, has played in 27 games with the Admirals this season, recording seven goals and 21 points while serving as team captain. He is tied for third on the team in points and is fifth in goals. His three game-winning goals lead the team.
A native of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Konopka has played in 32 career NHL games with Columbus and Anaheim. He recorded a career-best four goals and seven points with two power-play goals in 23 games with the Ducks in 2005-06.
Konopka has played in 307 career AHL games with Norfolk, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Utah, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Portland. He has netted 93 career goals and recorded 233 points. He also played in 44 career Calder Cup Playoff games, recording 17 goals and 45 points. Konopka has also played in 91 career games in the ECHL with Wheeling and Idaho, recording 28 goals and 98 points.
The 27-year-old played in 242 games with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League during his junior career. Konopka scored 28 goals and recorded 98 points with Ottawa. He also played in 51 career playoff games, recording 16 goals and 37 points.
Undrafted out of juniors, Konopka served as the captain for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch last season.