SUNRISE, FL-  Florida Panthers President of Hockey Of Operations Dale Tallon announced on Monday that Springfield Thunderbirds defenseman MacKenzie Weegar has been called up to the Thunderbirds National Hockey League affiliate. The Panthers are in action on Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.

The 23-year-old out of Ottawa leads the Thunderbirds defenseman with 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points. Weegar was the first Thunderbird to play in the American Hockey League All-Star Classic back in January in Allentown, PA home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms representing the Atlantic Division for the Thunderbirds.  Weegar had a goal and two assists as they lost in a shootout in the final round.

The 6’2 212-pound defenseman is in his third year of professional hockey has logged in 144 American Hockey League games between the San Antonio Rampage during the 2014-15 year along with the Portland during the 2015-16 campaign and currently with the Springfield Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 year. In the 144 games, he has registered 21 goals and 42 assists for 63 points.

Weegar also played for the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL during the 2014-15 season registering a goal and 12 assists for 13 points.

He spent two years playing for the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 year registering 20 goals and 83 assists for 113 points.

Weegar started playing for the Nepean Raiders in the Central Canada Hockey League during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons scoring 13 goals and 39 assists for 52 points.

Coming off a three-game schedule this past weekend, The Thunderbirds will be back in action this weekend for another three games in three nights.  They will to travel to Albany to take on the Devils on Friday night and then travel to Providence on Saturday to take on the Bruins.

They will end the weekend with a Sunday matinee against the Albany Devils at the MassMutual Center with a 3:05 puck drop.

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