Andrew Bodnarchuk is excited about being back in the National Hockey League.
The defenceman from Hammonds Plains and former captain of the Halifax Mooseheads has been called up by the Los Angeles Kings after blueliner Matt Greene went down with an injury in the team’s season-opening loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Bodnarchuk, a 24-year-old who signed a one-year contract with the Kings during the off season, was called up from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate the Manchester Monarchs on Monday.
He skated with the Kings on Tuesday morning prior to its game that night against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. He ended up being a healthy scratch.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to get in some games,” Bodnarchuk told Kings.com after Tuesday’s morning skate. “It was nice to come up to LA for training camp, so it doesn’t really feel like I left. I’m excited to be here and I’ll be ready if called upon.”
Bodnarchuk was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round in the 2006 NHL entry draft. He spent much of his time with the Bruins playing for its AHL affiliate in Providence, R.I., but skated in five games with Boston during the 2009-10 season.
This season with the Monarchs, he had three goals and 12 points in 38 games.