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Griffins’ Jurco named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Tomas Jurco has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 22, 2015. 

Jurco joined the Griffins on a conditioning loan from the Detroit Red Wings and injected life into the Grand Rapids offense, tallying three goals and four assists for seven points – including assists on all three game-winning goals – while helping the club to victories over three Western Conference powers. 

In his first AHL appearance of the season on Wednesday, Jurco helped set up the winning goal with 9:49 left in regulation as Grand Rapids defeated Rockford, 3-2, to end the IceHogs’ 10-game points streak. On Friday, Jurco tied a franchise record with three power-play goals for his third career hat trick, part of a four-point effort to lead the Griffins over San Diego, 7-4. And on Saturday night, Jurco assisted on both Grand Rapids goals in a 2-1 win at Chicago, the Griffins’ third straight win after they had been 2-8-0-1 on the season entering the week. 

Jurco, 22, had one assist in four NHL games with Detroit this season before joining the Griffins last week. A member of Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup championship team as a rookie in 2012-13, Jurco has gone on to play 103 games in the National Hockey League with the Red Wings, totaling 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points. Jurco, a native of Kosice, Slovakia, was a second-round draft choice by Detroit (35th overall) in 2011 and has registered 30 goals and 37 assists for 67 points in 109 AHL games with Grand Rapids. 

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

Also see: Previous winners, CCM/AHL Player of the Week