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Former RoughRider Peltier called up to NHL
March 18, 2009, 12:39 am
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Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Derek Peltier has been recalled by the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, the Avalanche announced today. Peltier was in uniform for Colorado’s game at Minnesota on Tuesday night. What a homecoming, considering Peltier is from Plymouth, Minn., and played college hockey at the University of Minnesota. He was the Gophers’ team captain last year as a senior.

Peltier, 24, had two goals and 17 assists this season for Lake Erie, leading the club’s rearguards in scoring. A sixth-round draft choice of Colorado in 2004, he made his pro debut last season for Lake Erie upon the completion of Minnesota’s season.

Peltier played for Cedar Rapids in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He is the fourth former RoughRider to make it to the NHL: following David Moss of the Calgary Flames, Teddy Purcell of the Los Angeles Kings and Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings. 

Purcell, by the way, had another goal last night in a loss to Nashville. He has three goals and seven points in his last eight games for L.A.

Derek Peltier

Derek Peltier

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