ST. JOHN’S, NL — The Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced on Friday that St. John’s native Zach O’Brien has been recalled by the Toronto Marlies (AHL), while forward Pavel Gogolev has subsequently been assigned to the Growlers by the Marlies.
O’Brien, 29, has appeared in 36 games so far this season for Newfoundland, leading the way offensively for the Growlers with 51 points (19G, 32A) along the way. The Kelly Cup champion has also suited up in one game for Toronto in the AHL earlier this season.
The all-time Growlers leading scorer played three full seasons in the QMJHL with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan before beginning his pro career in 2013-14 within the Los Angeles Kings organization — where he’d go on to win an AHL Championship as a member of the Manchester Monarchs the following year. During last season with the Growlers sidelined due to ongoing COVID complications, O’Brien played with German club Landshut EV in DEL-2, leading the team in scoring with 83 points in 49 games.
Gogolev, 22, has featured in 30 AHL games for the Marlies this season, notching eight points (3G,5A) to date. The Moscow, Russia native signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer after recording 12 points (6G, 6A) in 13 games with the Marlies to close out the 2020-21 season.
Prior to turning pro, Gogolev spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Guelph Storm and Peterborough Petes, collecting 182 points (90G, 92A) in 219 regular-season games while also capturing an OHL Championship with Guelph back in 2019.
NEXT GAMES: Newfoundland host the Adirondack Thunder tonight for the first meeting of a three-game set at the Mary Brown’s Centre. Tickets are available now at nlgrowlers.com/tickets