Ducks call up former Tech hockey player Blake Pietila

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks recalled former Michigan Tech hockey player Blake Pietila on Saturday.

This is Pietila’s first call-up with the Ducks after playing 38 career NHL games with the New Jersey Devils from 2015-19.

Pietila, of Brighton, Michigan, signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on July 2 after playing the last four seasons in the Devils organization, which drafted him in 2011. He has four career NHL points with a goal and three assists, along with 12 penalty minutes.

This season in San Diego, Pietila appeared in 32 AHL games with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. The 5-11, 180-pound forward has recorded 66 goals and 132 points in 249 career AHL games with Albany, Binghamton, and San Diego.

Pietila played 153 games for Michigan Tech from 2011-15 and was a two-time captain. He had 106 career points on 46 goals and 60 assists, leading Huskies to the best start in program history in 2014-15 and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 34 years later that season.

The Ducks play next at San Jose on Jan. 27.