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Mighty Ducks Acquire Petr Sykora

July 7, 2002

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Petr Sykora, a 20-goal scorer the last four seasons, was among four players acquired by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky, forward Jeff Friesen and another player.

The Mighty Ducks also acquired forward Igor Pohanka, defenseman Mike Commodore and goaltender J.F. Damphousse in the seven-player deal, while New Jersey also received forward Maxim Balmochnykh.

Sykora, 25, had 48 points in 73 games with the Devils last season and was a member of New Jersey’s 2000 Stanley Cup championship team.

Commodore has played in 57 games _ 37 last season _ since being picked by New Jersey in the second round of the 1999 NHL entry draft.

Damphousse, 22, was a 1997 first-round pick for New Jersey and last season appeared in his first six NHL games as a goaltender.

Pohanka, 19, played in 57 games last season with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

Tverdovsky was acquired by Anaheim from Phoenix in June 1999 for Travis Green and a 1999 first-round draft pick. Friesen was acquired in March 2001 from San Jose along with Steve Shields for Teemu Selanne.

Balmochnykh was a second-round draft pick by Anaheim in 1997.

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