January 6, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Connecticut Whale
HARTFORD, January 6, 2010: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Daniel Tkaczuk to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.
Tkaczuk, who is in his eleventh season of pro hockey, has seen AHL action this season with the Syracuse Crunch (three games, no points, two penalty minutes) and Rochester Americans (seven games, two assists, four PIM). The 30-year-old Toronto native has also played 12 games with the Wolf Pack's ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, and is tied for fourth on the Checkers' club in assists and tied for fifth in points, with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.
The 6-1, 189-pound Tkaczuk has spent the last six seasons in Europe, and skated the last two years for the Duisburg Foxes in Germany's top league, the DEL. In 37 games last year with the Foxes, he scored three goals and added eight assists for 11 points and served 34 minutes in penalties.
Tkaczuk was the sixth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, out of the Ontario Hockey League. He was an AHL All-Rookie selection in 1999-2000 with the Saint John Flames, when he tied for the Flames' team lead in points, and finished second on the club in goals and assists, with 25-41-66 in 80 games. Tkaczuk won a Calder Cup with Saint John the next season, 2000-01, tying for second on the team in playoff goals and posting the third-most playoff points on the squad, with 10-9-19 in 14 postseason contests. He also logged the only NHL action of his career that year, skating in 19 games with Calgary and registering four goals and seven assists for 11 points.
In 284 career AHL games with Saint John, the Worcester IceCats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Syracuse and Rochester, Tkaczuk has totaled 59 goals and 109 assists for 168 points, along with 191 penalty minutes.