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Connor named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Manitoba Moose forward Kyle Connor has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 5, 2017.

In four games with the Moose last week, Connor scored six goals and added two assists for eight points while posting a plus-8 rating.

Connor began the week on Tuesday by recording a goal and two assists in Manitoba’s 5-3 win at Rockford, then followed that up with a two-goal outing in another 5-3 win over the IceHogs on Friday night. Connor scored both Manitoba goals on Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss at Milwaukee – his fifth consecutive multiple-point game – and then struck again on Sunday as the Moose fell in Chicago, 5-4.

Connor, who scored eight goals in his first 32 games with the Moose, has erupted for 10 goals, 13 points and a plus-11 rating in his last six contests over a nine-day span.

A first-round choice (17th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor has 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 38 games with the Moose this season. The 20-year-old rookie from Shelby Township, Mich., began the season with the Jets and totaled one goal and three assists in 19 games before joining the Moose on Dec. 8. Connor played last season at the University of Michigan, where he led the nation in scoring and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as a freshman.

In recognition of his achievement, Connor will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Moose home game.