Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have returned forward Sven Baertschi, from emergency recall, to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
"The agreement between the CHL and the NHL is very clear regarding the conditions and circumstances under which a player from major junior may be recalled to his NHL team, as well as when he must be returned to his major junior club,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster.
“When we made the decision to recall Sven under emergency conditions we were not certain whether he would be with us for a game or two or perhaps a longer period; however, we knew that once two of our injured forwards returned, he would be going back to Portland. Blake Comeau returned from injury last week, and today we are very pleased to announce that Lee Stempniak has been cleared by our doctors to play.
As we told Sven, we are extremely pleased with the way he played during this brief recall, and now we want him to pick up where he left off in the WHL."
Baertschi, a native of Langenthal, Switzerland, played 5 games with the Flames recording 3 goals. He notched his first career NHL goal in his second career NHL game on March 11th, a 4-2 win at Minnesota. He scored in three consecutive games, the first time a Flames rookie accomplished this feat since Hnat Domenichelli in the 1997-98 season. In 47 games this season with Portland, Baertschi has scored 33 goals along with 61 assists which puts him in the top ten scoring leaders in the WHL.
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