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CBJ Call Dean Kukan For First Trip To NHL This Season


CLEVELAND – The AHL’s. Cleveland Monsters, announced Monday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year defenseman Dean Kukan from Cleveland for the first time this season.

A 6’2”, 196 lb. left-handed shooter from Volketswil, Switzerland, Kukan, 23, has 1-12-13 with six penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 37 appearances for the Monsters this season.

In eight career NHL appearances for the Blue Jackets during the 2015-16 season, Kukan notched a +9 rating and in 33 appearances for the Monsters last year, Kukan registered 3-10-13 with eight penalty minutes and a +3 rating.

In 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, Kukan posted 1-4-5 with two penalty minutes and a +4 rating, helping the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL Champions. Signed as an undrafted free agent by Columbus on June 1, 2015, Kukan spent parts of four seasons with Lulea HF in Sweden’s SHL from 2011-15.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday home clash vs. the Iowa Wild with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.

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