Dec 29, 2018

Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Bartkowski, 30, has recorded nine points (2g, 7a) and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 games with Iowa this season and ranks T-2nd on the team with a plus-11 rating. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pa., registered three assists in 18 games with Calgary in 2017-18. He has totaled 47 points (7g, 40a), 157 PIM and 481 hits in 253 games during parts of eight NHL seasons with Boston (2010-15), Vancouver (2015-16) and Calgary (2016-18).

Bartkowski played in a career-high 80 games with Vancouver in 2015-16 tallying 18 points (6g, 12a). The left-shot defenseman has tallied three points (1g, 2a) and 14 PIM in 19 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Boston (2012-14) and Calgary (2016-17). He totaled 38 points (11g, 27a) and 145 PIM in 80 games during two seasons at Ohio State University (2008-10).

The Wild signed Bartkowski as a free agent on July 1, 2018 and will wear sweater No. 44 with Minnesota. He was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Iowa takes on the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Puck drop is at 6:00 p.m. 

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