Lightning Re-Signs Former Chiefs Defenseman Egener

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League announced that they have re-signed former Johnstown Chiefs defenseman Mike Egener.

Selected in the second round (34th overall) by Tampa Bay in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 22 year old Egener had four points (2g-2a) and 66 penalty minutes in 18 games with Johnstown in 2005-06 while also playing in the AHL with Springfield where he had three points (2g-1a) and 142 penalty minutes in 38 games.

The Mississippi Sea Wolves are the ECHL affiliate of the Lightning of the NHL and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

After being forced by Hurricane Katrina to wait two seasons, Mississippi will finally be able to celebrate its “Decade in the Den” on Oct. 27 when it hosts Reading. The Sea Wolves have sold the most season tickets in team history as fans eagerly anticipate their return to the ice at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the first time since Apr. 15, 2005.

Located in Biloxi, the Sea Wolves had a Voluntary Suspension each of the last two seasons under the ECHL’s hardship provisions after the arena and the team office housed within suffered extensive damage.

The 6-foot-4 and 216-pound Egener led Springfield with 152 penalty minutes and had three assists in 75 games in 2006-07.