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Grimaldi named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that San Antonio Rampage forward Rocco Grimaldi has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 29, 2017.

In three games last week, Grimaldi scored four goals – two of them game-winners – and added an assist for five points to go with a plus-4 rating.

Grimaldi recorded his first three-point night of the season on Wednesday, including scoring two third-period goals in a 6-2 win over Rockford. On Friday night he scored two more goals against Ontario, breaking a tie late in the third period and then netting the decisive goal in overtime for a 5-4 Rampage victory, and on Saturday he registered a game-high six shots on goal in a 4-3 setback vs. Ontario.

In 44 games this season, Grimaldi leads the Rampage with 18 goals and 35 points and is tied for the overall AHL lead with five game-winning tallies. The 23-year-old native of Rossmoor, Calif., has also made one appearance in the NHL with Colorado in 2016-17. Originally a second-round choice by Florida in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Grimaldi has four goals and two assists in 28 career NHL games with the Panthers and Avalanche, and has registered 48 goals and 62 assists for 110 points in 160 AHL contests with San Antonio and Portland.

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