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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Jooris on an emergency basis from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Jooris, 27, was acquired by the Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes at the NHL Trading Deadline in exchange for Greg McKegg. The fourth-year veteran played in 31 NHL games with the Hurricanes earlier this season, producing six points (3G-3A).

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Jooris has appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since his acquisition, scoring once. His lone tally with the AHL team was a big one, as it came in the final minute of regulation, forcing overtime, on March 4 in Milwaukee.

Overall, the Burlington, Ontario native has played in 204 career NHL games with Calgary, the New York Rangers, Arizona and Carolina. In those contests, Jooris has 23 goals, 32 assists and 55 points.

Jooris originally joined the Calgary organization as an undrafted free agent following a three-year collegiate career at Union College.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Mar. 9, when they take the bus up I-81 to face-off with the Binghamton Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, Mar. 10. The Griffins’ first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since 2009 also serves as the Penguins’ Star Wars Night.

Puck drop between the Penguins and Griffins on Star Wars Night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 570-208-7367.

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