SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild
President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled D Shawn Belle
from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Houston Aeros
, the Wild's primary development affiliate.
Belle, 21 (1/3/85), was in the midst of his second season with the Aeros and has notched nine points (1-8=9) in 21 games with Houston this season, where he ranks third among team defensemen in points and is tied for second in assists.
The 6-foot-2, 238-pound defenseman spent five seasons with Tri City of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before seeing action in 45 games last season with the AHL's Iowa Stars
. Belle notched three points (1-2=3) and 63 penalty minutes (PIM) in Iowa before being acquired via a March 9 trade between the Wild and the Dallas Stars
. In that trade, Belle was brought to the Wild, along with D Martin Skoula, in exchange for Willie Mitchell
and a second round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Belle was assigned to the Aeros, where he tallied two points (1-1=2) in the remaining 16 games of the regular season and added one goal in eight postseason games.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Belle was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues
in the first round (30th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He will wear sweater No. 4 with the Wild.