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April 24, 2013

Ducks Recall Frederik Andersen, Patrick Maroon and Devante Smith-Pelly from Admirals

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled goaltender Frederik Andersen and forwards Patrick Maroon and Devante Smith-Pelly from the Admirals. In addition, goaltender Igor Bobkov has been reassigned to the Admirals.

Andersen, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound goaltender, appeared in 47 games for Norfolk this season, going 24-18-1 with four shutouts, a 2.19 goals-against average (GAA) and .929 save percentage (SV%). Andersen ranked in the top ten of wins (T-9th), GAA (6th) and SV% (2nd) in the American Hockey League this season – his first North American professional season. He also led all AHL goalies with five assists.

Andersen appeared in 39 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season, posting a 1.67 GAA with eight shutouts and a .941 SV%. Selected by Anaheim in the third round (87th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Andersen’s eight shutouts in 2011-12 established a franchise record, surpassing Henrik Lundqvist’s previous mark of seven set in 2003-04. Andersen, who was a finalist for the league’s 2011-12 Rookie of the Year award, also led the club in GAA and SV%. He appeared in six playoff games for Frolunda, recording a 2.69 GAA and .911 SV%.

A 23-year-old native of Herning, Denmark, Andersen has represented Denmark at the last four IIHF World Championships in Finland/Sweden (2012), Slovakia (2011), Germany (2010) and Switzerland (2009). He was also a member of the Danish team at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Maroon, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound forward, led the Admirals with 26 goals, 50 points, 12 power play goals, five game-winning goals and 139 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games this season. He also ranked second on the team with 24 assists. The fifth-year pro has also posted two goals and ten PIM in 11 games with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. He scored his first career NHL goal on Feb. 16th at Nashville.

A 25-year-old native of St. Louis, Missouri, Maroon has played in 353 career AHL games between Norfolk, Syracuse, Adirondack and Philadelphia, notching 118 goals and 278 points with 544 PIM. He also has two goals and 12 PIM in 13 career NHL games with the Ducks. Maroon was acquired by Anaheim from Philadelphia with David Laliberte in exchange for Danny Syvret and Rob Bordson on Nov. 21, 2010. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Ducks on Mar. 21st.

Smith-Pelly, a 6-foot-0, 220-pound forward, posted 14 goals and 32 points in 65 games with the Admirals this season, ranking fourth on the team in scoring. He also registered five power play goals and 65 PIM. In 69 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse, Smith-Pelly has 14 goals and 33 points and 67 PIM.

A 20-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario, Smith-Pelly has appeared in five contests with Anaheim this season, going scoreless while averaging 7:59 time-on-ice. Selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Smith-Pelly made his NHL debut with Anaheim in 2011-12, collecting seven goals and 13 points with 16 PIM in 49 contests. He appeared in his first contest with the Ducks at 19 years, three months and 23 days on Oct. 7, 2011, at Buffalo (Helsinki, Finland), becoming the third-youngest player to appear in an Anaheim uniform. In 54 career NHL games, Smith-Pelly has seven goals and 13 points with 16 PIM.

Bobkov, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound goaltender, appeared in 28 games with Norfolk this season, going 11-17-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .903 SV%. He recorded his first career AHL shutout on Oct. 28 at St. John’s, making 38 saves in a 2-0 victory. Bobkov had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-28, compiling a 2.21 GAA and a .938 SV% with one shutout in that stretch.

Selected by Anaheim in the third round (76th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Bobkov has gone 15-18-1 with a 3.10 GAA and .906 SV% in 34 career AHL contests between Norfolk and Syracuse. He won a gold medal with Team Russia at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, stopping all 20 shots faced in relief en route to a 5-3 championship win over Canada on Jan. 5, 2011.

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