Atherton, Smolenak Return To Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League have reassigned rookie left wing Radek Smolenak and that the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League have reassigned rookie defenseman P.J. Atherton to Johnstown.

The Chiefs are the ECHL affiliate of the Lightning of the NHL and the Falcons of the AHL.

Selected in the third round (73rd overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Lightning, the 20-year-old Smolenak has 25 points (13g-12a) and 31 penalty minutes in 32 games with Johnstown and one assist and eight penalty minutes in 20 games with Springfield.

Selected in the sixth round (170th overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and under AHL contract to Springfield, the 24-year-old Atherton has 26 points (4g-22a) and 46 penalty minutes in 49 games with Johnstown and two points (1g-1a) and two penalty minutes in seven games with Springfield.

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