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Arturs Kulda
Arturs Kulda
Defenceman  - WPG
Number: 23
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: 25 Jul 1988  (Age 26)
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Acquired: Selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round, 200th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted: ATL / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (200th overall)

2009-10 SEASON: Appeared in four games over two stints with the Thrashers, posting two assists and a plus-two rating … Tallied 25 points (6g, 19a) in 66 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League … Lead the AHL with a career-high plus-47 rating … Set new AHL career-highs for games played, goals, assists, points and shots on goal (107) … Earned a career-high plus-six rating on 10/24 vs. Abbottsford … Recorded a four-game assist streak from 12/27-1/2, posting four assists during that stretch … Collected a season-high two assists 1/10 vs. Toronto … Earned his first-career NHL recall on 2/11 and made his NHL debut on 2/12 at MIN … Tallied his first-career NHL point with one assist on 2/13 at CHI … Re-assigned to Chicago on 2/14 … Registered one assist on his first game back with the Wolves on 2/17 vs. San Antonio … Matched his season-high with two points (1g, 1a) on 3/3 at Toronto … Recalled by the Thrashers for the second time on 4/8 … Appeared in two games during his second stint with Atlanta, earning his second career NHL assist on 4/9 at WSH .

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Played in four NHL games with Atlanta, posting two assists and a plus-two rating … Recorded 16 points (1g, 15a) in 62 career AHL games with Chicago … 2008-09: Appeared in 57 games during his first full professional season with the Chicago Wolves (AHL), recording 15 points (1g, 14a) … Ranked second among defensemen with a plus-seven rating … Earned his first point of the season with one assist on 10/26 vs. Rockford ... Missed 14 games due to injury from 11/19-12/8 … Recorded a season-high three-game point/assist streak (3a) from 12/27-12/31 … Missed eight games due to injury from 1/11-1/30 … Tallied three assists over a two-game span from 4/5-4/8 … Collected a season-high two assists on 4/8 vs. Lake Erie.

AMATEUR CAREER: Tallied 45 points (9g, 36a) and 170 penalty minutes in 113 career OHL games over two seasons in Peterborough from 2006 to 2008 … 2007- 08: Tallied 34 points (7g, 27a) in 55 games with the Peterborough Petes … Ranked second among team defensemen and seventh

overall in points … Ranked fourth on the team in assists … Set career-highs for points, goals and assists … Recorded an assist in his first game of the season on 10/18 vs. Saginaw … Posted three points (2g, 1a) over a four-game stretch from 11/16-11/24 … Recorded points in a season-high five-straight games (2g, 5a) from 1/1-1/10 … Collected season-high three points (3a) on 1/3 vs. Oshawa … Earned four assists over a two-game stretch from 2/2- 2/7 … Closed out the season with two assists in the final two regular-season games on 3/14 and 3/16 … Added four points (1g, 3a) in five OHL post-season contests … Earned his first assist of the playoffs on 3/20 vs. Belleville … Recorded a post-season high two points (1g, 1a) on 3/22 at Belleville … Signed by the Chicago Wolves (AHL) to an Amateur Tryout contract on 3/30 at the conclusion of his junior season … Tallied one assist, 10 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in five regular-season games with the Wolves … Earned his first professional point with an assist on 4/12 vs. Rockford … Recorded six points (1g, 5a) in 22 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Wolves … Made his AHL playoff debut on 4/20 at Milwaukee … Recorded his first-career AHL postseason point with a goal on 4/26 at Milwaukee … Posted assists in back-to-back games (2a) on 5/1 and 5/3 … Collected a post-season high two assists on 6/1 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton … Tallied one assist in the Wolves championship-clinching win on 6/10 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton … 2006-07: Made his North American debut with Peterborough, collecting 11 points (2g, 9a) in 58 games … Ranked third among team’s defensemen and fifth among rookies in points … Made his OHL debut on 10/5 vs. Belleville … Recorded his first OHL point with an assist on 10/19 vs. Erie … Scored his first-career OHL goal on 11/4 at Saginaw..

EUROPEAN CAREER: Registered 17 points (5g, 12a) in 44 games with CSKA’s Second Division team in Russia during the 2005-06 season.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Played for Latvia at the 2006 World Junior Championships, tallying one assist in six games … Ranked second among team defensemen with an even rating … Appeared in five games for Latvia in the 2008 World Junior Championships (Division IB), registering five points (1g, 4a).

PERSONAL: Lists winning the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship with the Chicago Wolves during the 2007-08 season as his most memorable hockey moment ... Was teammates with Thrashers defenseman Zach Bogosian with Peterborough of the OHL for two seasons.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round, 200th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.