Turcotte, Ferner recalled by Capitals


WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals recalled center Alfie Turcotte and defenseman Mark Ferner from the Baltimore Skipjacks yesterday, and they will accompany the team on a three-game trip that begins tomorrow in Calgary, Alberta.

Turcotte is the Skipjacks' leading scorer, with 25 goals and 43 assists in 51 games. Ferner has 10 goals and 25 assists in 42 games, and was named last week's American Hockey League Player of the Week.

They were recalled because defenseman Rod Langway's back spasms are no better and because right wing John Kordic, 25, who missed practice Tuesday, has been suspended because of alcohol-related problems.

"John knows he has a problem, and our first order of business is to get him treated to help him with this problem," Capitals coach Terry Murray said at a news conference. "I talked to him for three or four hours yesterday [Tuesday], and we discussed a lot of things. He won't go with us on our road trip, but will get help. After we return next week, we will talk to the doctors and evaluate his condition. Then we will re-evaluate his future with the Capitals organization."

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