Blues recall Sterling from Peoria

St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled forward Brett Sterling from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Peoria Rivermen.

Sterling, 27, is second in the AHL with 22 points while his 12 goals are tied for the league lead in 18 games with the Rivermen this season.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound forward has 26 games of National Hockey League (NHL) experience posting nine points (five goals, four assists) and 32 penalty minutes.

Sterling spent the majority of the 2010-11 season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, dressing in 65 games and tallying 53 points (27 goals, 26 assists) to go along with 88 penalty minutes. Sterling also appeared in seven games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, recording five points including three goals and two assists as well as 16 penalty minutes.

His five-year AHL career has yielded 316 points (171 goals, 145 assists) and 422 penalty minutes over 319 games. The majority of those games have been spent with the Chicago Wolves where he was a part of the 2008 Calder Cup championship. Sterling tallied 55 goals and 97 points in his first season with Chicago in 2006-07. His 55 goals led the AHL, and he was awarded the Willie Marshall Award (goal-scoring champion) and Dudley “Red” Garret Memorial Trophy as the top AHL rookie. Sterling was named to the All-Rookie Team and an AHL First-Team All Star, as well as winning the All-Star Game MVP, in 2007.

Overall he has been named to three All-Star teams (2007, 2008, 2010), and has 36 points in 52 AHL playoff games.

The Los Angeles, California native was signed by the Blues as a free agent on July 4, 2011.