The Bridgeport Sound Tigers got a boost on Thursday when it was announced that the team's parent club, the New York Islanders, would be loaning a popular figure, Aaron Ness, back to their top minor league affiliate.
The 23-year-old defenseman, who has played in parts of four seasons for the Sound Tigers, was recalled by the Islanders on Nov. 7 and and tallied one goal and two assists in 20 games. The goal—which was his first in the NHL—came against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 14. Before being called up, Ness registered four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games with the Sound Tigers, where he was alternate captain.
A second-round choice in the 2008 draft—No. 40, overall—Ness made his professional debut with the Sound Tigers after a three-year collegiate career with the University of Minnesota. The 5-10, 170-lb. native of Roseau, Minn., played 111 games with the Golden Gophers, scoring six goals and 37 assists for a total of 43 points. In addition, Ness was named Minnesota Mr. Hockey in 2008.
After a two-game road trip to Norfolk, Va., this weekend, the Sound Tigers will return home on Sat., Jan. 11, to entertain the Portland Pirates. First puck drops at the Webster Bank Arena at 7 p.m.