Harju to Tampa Bay, Roy to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they have recalled forward Johan Harju (har-YOO) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and points, tied for the lead with three power play goals and tied for second in assists. Harju has scored a goal in three of the Admirals’ previous four games. Harju was recently named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating. He also ranks tied for third in the league in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju played in 55 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording four goals and 18 points. He played two playoff games with Moscow, recording a goal and eight penalty minutes.

Harju has represented Sweden at the previous two IIHF World Championships, held in Switzerland and Germany respectively. In 2009 he recorded two goals and four points. This past summer he notched four goals and five points.

He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The Lightning also announced they reassigned defenseman Matt Roy (WAH) to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today.

Roy, 6-2, 215 pounds, played in four games with Tampa Bay this season. He was recalled from Norfolk on November 18 and appeared in three games. Roy has played in 13 games with the Admirals this season, recording two goals and 11 points with a plus-3 rating. Despite spending time with the Lightning he still ranks second among Norfolk defensemen for points.

A native of St. Georges, Quebec, Roy has played in 65 career NHL games, notching two goals and 13 points. He has also skated in 269 career AHL games with Norfolk, Syracuse, Rochester, Springfield, Hamilton, Edmonton and Toronto, amassing 18 goals and 106 points. He was named to the Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic during the 2006-07 season.

Roy was drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and was signed by Columbus as a free agent on July 14, 2009. He was signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 29, 2010.