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Prince Edward Islander Josh Currie is back in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Currie was one of three players assigned to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ taxi squad on Friday. New Penguins general manager Ron Hextall announced that Jordy Bellerive and goaltender Emil Larmi are joining Currie in Pittsburgh.
Taxi squads, which were created this year due to COVID-19, feature extra players that practise and travel with NHL teams in case a player needs to be recalled on short notice.
Currie, Bellerive and Larmi started the season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League (AHL). Currie was recently named captain of the AHL Penguins. He signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent on Oct. 9.
The 28-year-old son of Stephen and Joanne Currie of Sherwood scored two goals in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.
Currie, who stands five-foo10 and weighs 172 pounds, is no stranger to the NHL as he had two goals, three assists, five points and a plus-2 rating in 21 regular-season games with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2018-19 season.
Currie has 300 AHL games to his credit between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the Bakersfield Condors.
Bakersfield is the top affiliate of the Oilers. He has recorded 190 points, including 105 goals, in the AHL.