PITTSBURGH RECALLS CHAD RUHWEDEL

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve.

Ruhwedel, 26, has helped WBS compile the top record in the AHL, tallying 13 points (3G-10A) in 26 games, the second-highest total among defensemen on the club.

Earlier this season, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound blueliner spent a couple days with Pittsburgh, but he did not appear in a game.

A native of San Diego, California, Ruhwedel broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres as an undrafted free agent, collecting two assists in 33 NHL contests over parts of four years.

During his three-year college career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Ruhwedel was an NCAA First-Team All-American his final year, helped his school reach the 2013 Frozen Four held at PPG Paints Arena and was teammates with Scott Wilson for two seasons.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are home tonight to face the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:05pm.  It’s our annual holiday celebration, with the Tobyhanna Teddy Bear Toss taking place after the Penguins first goal, and our ugly Christmas jersey auction going on during the game.

Individual game tickets for tonight’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.