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Pirates’ Shannon named Rookie of the Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates center Ryan Shannon has been named the RBK Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for October. Shannon recorded a point in each of Portland’s eight games in October, totaling seven goals and five assists for 12 points to lead the Pirates into first place in the Atlantic Division.

Shannon opened the season by scoring both Portland goals in a 4-2 loss to Springfield on Oct. 8. He picked up two power-play goals in a 4-1 victory at Bridgeport on Oct. 22, and scored twice more in a 5-2 win over defending Calder Cup champion Philadelphia on Oct. 28. Through October, Shannon leads all AHL rookies in points, and ranks first on the Pirates in goals and points and is tied for second with a plus/minus rating of plus-7.

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

A native of Darien, Conn., the 22-year-old Shannon signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Apr. 3, 2005, after a stellar four-year career at Boston College. As captain of the Eagles in 2004-05, Shannon was a First Team ECAC all-conference selection, and he represented the United States at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Nova Scotia.

Other nominees for RBK Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month include Albany center Petr Vrana, Binghamton right wing Patrick Eaves, Bridgeport center Jeremy Colliton, Chicago center Jared Ross, Cleveland right wing Steve Bernier, Hamilton defenseman Andre Benoit, Hartford left wing Nigel Dawes, Hershey left wing Chris Bourque, Houston left wing Roman Voloshenko, Iowa left wing Loui Eriksson, Lowell center Brad Richardson, Norfolk forward Martin St. Pierre, Peoria right wing Lee Stempniak, Providence center Tyler Redenbach, San Antonio defenseman Matt Jones, Syracuse center Geoff Platt, Toronto left wing Colin Murphy and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton left wing Daniel Carcillo.