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Lake Erie Monsters Justin Falk Added to Columbus Blue Jackets Roster on Emergency Recall

CLEVELAND – In advance of a Friday home game vs. the Manitoba Moose, veteran Lake Erie Monsters defenseman Justin Falk was added to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ roster on emergency recall, the Monsters announced Thursday. A 6’5”, 225 lb. left-handed native of Snowflake, MB, Falk, 27, was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (110th overall) and is currently in the midst of his eight professional season.

In 20 NHL appearances for Columbus this season, Falk has four assists and 17 penalty minutes to his credit and supplied two goals, five points and 39 penalty minutes in 25 AHL games played for the Monsters this year. In 167 career NHL appearances for Minnesota, the New York Rangers and Columbus spanning parts of seven seasons from 2009 to 2016, Falk notched two goals, 23 points and 151 penalty minutes. In 253 career AHL games played, spread across parts of five seasons from 2008 to 2016 for the Houston Aeros, Iowa Wild and Lake Erie, Falk registered nine goals, 38 points and 245 penalty minutes.

Prior to his professional career, Falk posted seven goals, 51 points, 223 penalty minutes and a +40 rating in 191 WHL appearances for the Calgary Hitmen and the Spokane Chiefs spanning parts of four seasons from 2004 to 2008 and helped Spokane claim the 2008 Memorial Cup Championship.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday clash vs. Manitoba with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 on ESPN 850 WKNR and simulcast on SportsTime Ohio and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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