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Published: Friday, 2/15/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Toledo Walleye's top scorer, goalie get called up

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Toledo’s Andrej Nestrasil (11) earned a second promotion to Grand Rapids this season. In six games with the Griffins, the forward has had one assist. Toledo’s Andrej Nestrasil (11) earned a second promotion to Grand Rapids this season. In six games with the Griffins, the forward has had one assist.
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The Toledo Walleye lost their leading scorer and No. 1 goalie to promotions on Thursday.

Forward Andrej Nestrasil, who has averaged nearly a point per game this season, was called up to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Rookie goalie Kent Simpson, who has won seven of his last 10 starts, was called up to Rockford of the AHL.

Simpson, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has posted a 14-10-3 record this year with the Walleye. Simpson has a 2.42 goals-against average, which is seventh best in the ECHL. He also has a .906 save percentage.

Simpson, 20, was the ECHL goaltender of the week from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013. That week Simpson went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .975 save percentage.

Nestrasil leads the team with 41 points. He has 11 goals and a team-high 30 assists in 40 games.

This is the second time Nestrasil earned a promotion. He was sent to Grand Rapids in early January.

The Prague, Czech Republic native has one assist in six games with Grand Rapids.

The 22-year-old started his professional career with Toledo last season, posting 29 points (7 G, 22 A) in 51 games.

The Walleye, who defeated host Evansville 2-1 on Wednesday, play at Kalamazoo today. Toledo (28-18-4) is in second place in the North Division, four points behind Cincinnati.

The team, which is in the midst of playing four games in five nights, returns home for games on Saturday and Sunday.

The organization is celebrating “Hockey Heritage Weekend ” with an inaugural alumni game on Sunday.

The exhibition will feature players from the Toledo Blades, Goaldiggers, and Storm.

The group of retired players will face former players from the Fort Wayne Komets organization.

The alumni game will be held prior to the Walleye game against Fort Wayne at 5:05 p.m.

The Toledo players expected to attend include Derek Booth, Dave Falkenberg, Jim Hunter, Bill Joyce, Jim McCabe, Nick Parillo, Andy Suhy, Doug Teskey, Ted Tucker, Mike Whitton, Gordy Hunt, Andre Vanopdenbosch, Rick Piche, Bruce MacDonald, and Taylor Raszka.

Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci, a former Storm goaltender, also will play along with his assistant Dan Watson, a former Storm defenseman.

Other alumni players attending but will not play include Jerry Badiuk, Greg Jablonski, Brian Kinsella, Doug Mahood, and Bill Mitchell.

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.



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