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Kostitsyn named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Hamilton Bulldogs right wing Andrei Kostitsyn has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 11, 2007.

Kostitsyn recorded five goals and three assists for eight points in four games last week as the Bulldogs moved closer to the top spot in the AHL’s North Division.

Kostitsyn extended his scoring streak to nine games with his impressive week, beginning with a goal in Hamilton’s 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. He came back with two goals and an assist in a 6-5 overtime win over the Wolves on Friday, then tallied a goal and an assist to help the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. He closed out the week with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 9-5 win over Rochester, his fifth straight game scoring a goal.

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

A 2007 AHL All-Star, Kostitsyn was the 10th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The third-year pro currently ranks second on the Bulldogs in scoring and has already established career highs with 20 goals and 49 points in 48 games this season. He is also fourth in the entire American Hockey League with a plus-23 rating. A 22-year-old native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn has also appeared in four NHL games with Montreal this season.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Jakub Petruzalek, Binghamton center Josh Hennessy, Bridgeport goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, Chicago defenseman Andy Delmore, Grand Rapids right wing Darryl Bootland, Hershey center Dave Steckel, Houston right wing Matt Foy, Manchester defenseman Kevin Dallman, Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre, Milwaukee right wing Nicolas Corbeil, Omaha goaltender Curtis McElhinney, Philadelphia right wing Darren Reid, Portland right wing Joe Motzko, Providence defenseman Nathan Dempsey, Rochester right wing Drew Stafford, San Antonio center Yanick Lehoux, Springfield left wing Kyle Wanvig, Syracuse defenseman Marc Methot, Toronto right wing Aleksander Suglobov, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Worcester left wing Lukas Kaspar.

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