NHL veteran defenceman Adam Pardy, a veteran of 350 career NHL games, was one of the marquee signings of the Newfoundland Growlers, but because of injury — concussion symptoms — the 34-year-old Bonavista native has yet to appear in any of the first 18 games for the ECHL expansion team.
Pardy, however, has been skating in practice and is with the team on its current trip that continues Wednesday night in Jacksonville, Fla., where Newfoundland takes on the Icemen, the ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.
And it just happens the Growlers — who are working on an eight-game win streak — have an opening on defence, what with veteran rearguard Kyle Cumiskey unavailable after signing a tryout contract with the AHL’s Providence Bruins.
Tonight’s game is a matchup of division leaders as the Growlers (13-5), who top the North Division and the entire ECHL, take on Jacksonville (10-5), the first place team in the South.
Growlers’ broadcaster Chris Ballard’s call of the game, which has a start time of 8:30 p.m. (NT) can be accessed online using the streaming platform Mixlr at mixlr.com/NLGrowlers.