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Canes recall forward Julien Gauthier from Checkers

After playing all six preseason games for the Carolina Hurricanes, forward Julien Gauthier was disappointed to be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League when the final roster cut was made for the regular season..

But Gauthier has quickly returned. After scoring two goals in two AHL games for the Checkers, the 6-4, 226-pound winger was recalled Wednesday by the Canes.

Gauthier, a former first-round draft pick by Carolina, scored 27 goals in 75 games for the Checkers last season. He then helped them win the franchise’s first Calder Cup with five goals and eight points in the 17 AHL playoff games.

The Canes (4-0-0) have back-to-back home games this week, facing the New York Islanders on Friday and Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.