SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Quad City Flames right wing Grant Stevenson has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for January. Stevenson scored 12 goals and added eight assists for 20 points in 12 games last month.
Stevenson, who enters February riding an 11-game scoring streak, recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-3 loss at Peoria on Jan. 6, then picked up two assists and notched the decisive shootout goal in a 5-4 win over Grand Rapids on Jan. 9. He netted the tying goal in the third period of a 3-2 shootout win at Iowa on Jan. 12, then tied an AHL season high with a four-goal effort in a 4-2 victory over Rochester on Jan. 20. Stevenson added another game-winning goal in a 4-1 win at Rochester on Jan. 23 and closed out the month with the Flames’ only goal in a 2-1 loss at Toronto on Jan. 26. All told, Stevenson recorded a point on 20 of Quad City’s 32 goals for the month.
In recognition of his achievement, Stevenson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Flames home game.
A fifth-year pro, Stevenson is in his first season with Quad City after four years in the San Jose Sharks organization. The 26-year-old native of Spruce Grove, Alta., is tied for second in the AHL with 24 goals and ranks fifth with 51 points while skating in all 47 games for the Flames. He has recorded 73 goals and 110 assists for 183 points in 271 career AHL games, and also has 10 goals and 12 assists in 47 career NHL contests, all with San Jose in 2005-06.
Other nominees for CCM/AHL Player of the Month include Albany left wing Brandon Nolan, Binghamton defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, Bridgeport left wing Jeff Tambellini, Chicago center Jason Krog, Grand Rapids center Mark Hartigan, Hamilton center Corey Locke, Hartford left wing Dane Byers, Houston center Serge Payer, Iowa right wing Konstantin Pushkarev, Lowell right wing Trevor Kell, Manchester right wing Teddy Purcell, Manitoba center Alexandre Bolduc, Milwaukee defenseman Janne Niskala, Peoria left wing Charles Linglet, Providence right wing Jeff Hoggan, Rochester right wing Mark Mancari, Rockford forward Martin St. Pierre, Syracuse goaltender Adam Munro, Toronto right wing Jeremy Williams and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Kurtis McLean.