NEWARK, NJ Former Michigan Tech hockey player Blake Pietila was called up to the NHL's New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (Jan. 1). He has one goal and two assists in 19 career NHL games after he was selected by the Devils in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 201 games at the AHL level, he has 94 points on 51 goals and 43 assists.
Pietila was brought up as reinforcement since NHL All-Star Taylor Hall (lower body) and Marcus Johansson are on injured reserve. The 25-year-old is in the midst of his best professional offensive season with 12 goals and 22 points in 34 AHL games as an alternate captain with the Binghamton Devils.
Pietila played 153 games for Michigan Tech from 2011-15 and was a two-time captain. He had 106 career points on 46 goals and 60 assists, leading Huskies to the best start in program history in 2014-15, and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years later that season.
The Devils are currently on a four-game road trip. They lost 5-4 at Dallas on Wednesday and play at Arizona Friday, Las Vegas Sunday, and Buffalo Tuesday.
Other Huskies in the NHL:
• Pheonix Copley has played 13 games between the pipes for the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. He has a 9-2-1 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
• Jujhar Khaira has 13 points on two goals and 11 assists through 36 games with the Edmonton Oilers this season. He served a two-game suspension in late December for a cross-checking incident against St. Louis.