PORTLAND — The Washington Capitals recalled Portland Pirate center Trent Whitfield. He is expected to join the Capitals in time for their game in Ottawa on Friday.

This is Whitfield’s second recall to Washington. He played nine games with the Capitals in December, registering no points and four penalty minutes. In 64 games with the Pirates this season, he has a team-leading 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points.

That point total ties him with Peter Ferraro for the team lead. Earlier this season, Whitfield set a new team record with his fifth shorthanded goal of the season on Feb. 15 at Norfolk. He also tied a franchise record for points in a game with six points (2-4-6) against the St. John’s Maple Leafs on Dec. 7. That feat also earned him Sher-Wood/AHL Player of the Week honors.

Whitfield was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round in 1996. He was signed as a free agent by the Capitals in the summer of 1998.

Pirates to host preseason NHL game

The Pirates announced Wednesday that they will host a National Hockey League preseason game between their NHL affiliate, the Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game will be played at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:05 p.m.

“The Pirates have a great tradition of developing players for the NHL, and this is a terrific opportunity for our loyal fans to see those players who have made it to the NHL up close and in person,” said Brian Petrovek, Pirates’ CEO. “We’re announcing the game now to provide our season ticket holders with the opportunity to take advantage of special discounts prior to the public sale date.”

Season ticket holders for 2003-2004 may purchase their seats at a discount at the time of renewal.

Ouellet named

Pirates man of the year

The Pirates named Maxime Ouellet has been named the Pirates’ 2002-2003 American Specialty/HG Insurance/AHL Man of the Year. The award honors the player adjudged to have made the greatest commitment to his community and charitable organizations throughout the course of the season. The native of Beauport, Quebec has made nearly every one of the Pirates’ monthly “Goals for Success” appearances. He has proven to be a natural with the students, sharing his own unique perspective regarding the challenges he faced as a school-aged child.

Ouellet is now a finalist for the AHL’s 2002-2003 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award honoring the overall American Specialty/HG Insurance/AHL Man of the Year.

One player will be selected from the 28 individual team award winners to be honored during the Calder Cup 2003 Finals as the 2002-2003 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award winner.


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