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Moose’s Moran named Rbk/AHL Player of the Week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Manitoba Moose center Brad Moran has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 30, 2008. Moran notched eight points on a goal and seven assists in four road games last week as the Moose clinched a berth in the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Moran began the week with a three-assist performance to help Manitoba to a 7-2 win at Lake Erie on Tuesday night, then recorded two assists in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory at Rochester as the Moose extended their winning streak to 10 games. Moran came back with a goal and an assist on Friday to help Manitoba erase a four-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 shootout loss to Rochester. And Saturday, he assisted on the only Moose goal in a 6-1 loss at Toronto.

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

Moran finished the week with a nine-game scoring streak, and now ranks sixth in the American Hockey League with 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) in 67 games for Manitoba in 2007-08, matching his career high for points in a season. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., has registered 144 goals and 241 assists for 385 points in 470 games with Manitoba and Syracuse over seven AHL seasons.

Other nominees for Rbk/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Jamie Johnson, Binghamton left wing Nick Foligno, Bridgeport center Ben Walter, Chicago right wing Darren Haydar, Hartford right wing Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Hershey left wing Chris Bourque, Houston left wing Ryan Hamilton, Lake Erie center Jamie Lundmark, Lowell center Petr Vrana, Manchester center Brady Murray, Milwaukee center Matt Ellison, Norfolk forward Bracken Kearns, Peoria left wing Chris Porter, Philadelphia defenseman Denis Gauthier, Portland goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Providence right wing Byron Bitz, Quad City goaltender Matt Keetley, Rochester goaltender Tyler Plante, Rockford center Petri Kontiola, San Antonio center Mike Zigomanis, Syracuse center Derick Brassard, Toronto right wing Ben Ondrus, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Connor James and Worcester defenseman Brennan Evans.

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