March 15, 2011

Brighton's Welch recalled by Atlanta Thrashers

Noah Welch (photo: Getty)

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled defenseman Noah Welch (Brighton, Mass.) from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, general manager Rick Dudley said Monday.

The 28-year-old Welch has recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 39 games for the Wolves this season. The 6-4, 215-pound defenseman was previously recalled by Atlanta on two occasions (Oct. 26 and Nov. 2), and appeared in two games, registering one shot.

Welch has appeared in 75 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta, earning nine points (four goals, five assists). Welch has also tallied 76 points (19 goals, 57 assists) in 198 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Rochester and Chicago.

Welch was signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on July 13, 2009.