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Kings Place Garon on IR; Recall Fukufuji From Manchester

Friday, Jan. 12th, 2007

LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Mathieu Garon (finger) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji (emergency basis) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Garon, 28, has a record of 8-7-3, a goals-against-average of 2.80, a save-percentage of .904 and two shutouts in 20 appearances with the Kings this season. The Kings acquired the 6-2, 192-pound native of Chandler, Quebec, from Montreal with a third-round choice (Paul Baier) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft for Radek Bonk and goaltender Cristobal Huet on June 26, 2004. Originally selected by Montreal in the second-round (44th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Garon has a record of 55-53-3, a goals-against-average of 2.91, a save-percentage of .902 and 10 shutouts in 126 career NHL appearances with the Kings and Montreal.

Fukufuji, 24, has a record of 2-0-0, a goals-against-average of 1.30, a save-percentage of .954 and no shutouts in three games with the Monarchs this season. In addition, the 6-1, 180-pound native of Tokyo, Japan, and the first player born in Japan to ever dress for in an NHL game (Kings vs. Dallas at STAPLES Center on December 16, 2006), has a record of 3-3-0, a goals-against-average of 3.19 and a save-percentage of .898 in 10 appearances with the Reading Royals (ECHL) this season. Originally selected by the Kings in the eighth-round (238th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Fukufuji has not appeared in an NHL game.



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