2/14/2013 11:24:00 PM Sundogs waive Smyth, add Russian Veteran enforcer had played 137 games with Arizona
Kirill Tulupov, a 2006 third-round NHL Entry Draft pick out of Russian, will suit up for the Sundogs pending his immigration.
The Daily Courier
One popular enforcer out, one Russian enforcer in.
The Arizona Sundogs on Thursday released longtime forward Adam Smyth and on the same day signed defenseman Kirill Tulupov, a 2006 third-round NHL Entry Draft pick.
This winter was Smyth's fourth season, and he has skated in 137 games with the team. He collected 18 goals, 25 assists and 690 penalty minutes while in Arizona. Smyth has played in 47 games this season and tallied two goals and nine assists while racking up 134 penalty minutes; a statistic where he consistently ranked among the league leaders.
"Smitty has been a great teammate over the past four seasons and a good representative of the team both on and off the ice. We wish him luck and continued success," Sundogs General Manager Chris Presson said in a statement.
Tulupov, meanwhile, is a Moscow native who began his pro career in 2009-10 in Russia with the HC Slovan Bratislava, with whom he collected a goal, seven assists and 30 penalty minutes in 45 games. He briefly played in another Russian league in 2010-11, and this past season joined the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, where he showed his penchant for the penalty box again with 71 penalty minutes in 33 games, in addition to his seven assists.
Tulupov started this season with a pro league back in Russia, before the Sundogs brought him to Prescott Valley on Thursday. His immigration is pending approval.
The Sundogs are on the road the rest of this week with games at Tulsa Friday and at Quad City on Saturday.