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Empty Netter Assists - 06-13-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Blair Chapman (right). A first-round pick in 1976, Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. Appearing in all 80 of the team's games in 1976-77, Chapman recorded 37 points as a rookie. In 1977-78, he hit the 20-goal mark for the first time by scoring 24 goals and 44 points in 76 games. After recording 18 points in 71 games in 1978-79, Chapman was traded after one games in 1979-80 to the Blues in exchange for Bob Stewart. In 227 games with the Penguins, Chapman scored 99 points, 78th most in franchise history.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Gilhen. Acquired in the 1989 offseason in a deal along with Jim Kyte and Andrew McBain in a deal which sent Randy Cunneyworth, Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain to the Jets, Gilhen spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. The 1989-90 season saw him play in 61 games and record 16 points. In 1990-91, Gilhen appeared in 72 games and set career highs in goals (15) and points (25). Gilhen played in 16 games that postseason, recorded one goal and helped the franchise earn its first Stanley Cup title. In the 1991 offseason, he was claimed by the North Stars through the expansion draft.

-Happy 32nd birthday to former Penguins forward Matt Bradley. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Wayne Primeau to the Sharks, Bradley missed the rest of 2002-03 due to a broken wrist. In 2003-04, he appeared in all 82 games and scored 16 points. Following the lockout, he signed with the Capitals. He has spent the past five seasons in Washington.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins forward Dave Roche. A third-round pick in 1993, Roche spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1995-96, Roche appeared in 71 games and recorded 14 points. The 1996-97 season saw Roche appear in 61 games and record 10 points as well as a team-high 155 penalty minutes. After spending the entire 1997-98 campaign with Syracuse of the AHL, Roche was traded in the 1998 offseason to the Flames along with Ken Wreggett in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko.

Atlantic Division

-The Flyers signed goaltender Johan Backlund to a two-year contract extension.

-Former Nordiques/Avalanche/Flyers/Predators forward Peter Forsberg claims the Flyers offered him a contract at the end of the regular season.

Central Division

-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa (right) revealed he was playing with a sprained right knee.

-The Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup will be making an appearance at tonight's White Sox-Cubs game in Wrigley Field.

-Do yourself a favor and read this story by the Daily Herald in Chicago on how the Blackhawks were turned around.

Pacific Division

-Coyotes general manager Don Maloney seems less than optimistic about the possibility of keeping unrestricted free agent defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

-Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy, who is facing charge of fourth-degree sexual abuse, resigned from his position.

Smythe Division

-Today would've been the 100th birthday of Duke McCurry, a forward with the NHL's Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets of the USAHA and IHL. Following his professional hockey career, McCurry became a dentist in the Pittsburgh area.

(Photos: Chapman-Penguins Hockey Cards; Hossa-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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