10-point weekend earns Wilson weekly honor

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Hershey Bears center Kyle Wilson has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 18, 2007.

Wilson recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points to go with a plus-7 rating in three games as Hershey closed in on first place in the East Division.

On Friday night in Worcester, Wilson tallied a goal and three assists in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Sharks. He came back with two assists in Saturday’s 5-2 home win over Philadelphia, then capped off the weekend with another four-point performance, including his first career hat trick, as Hershey defeated Binghamton, 6-1, on Sunday to move to within two points of league-leading Norfolk.

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

The 22-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., joined the Bears on Dec. 2 and has recorded 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points in 41 games for Hershey. Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2004, Wilson has totaled 43 points in 48 AHL games this season, including a stint with San Antonio earlier in the year. The rookie spent the last four seasons at Colgate University, and led the team in scoring as a senior in 2005-06.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Keith Aucoin, Binghamton center Andrew Ebbett, Chicago left wing Brett Sterling, Grand Rapids center Kip Miller, Hamilton right wing Matt D’Agostini, Houston right wing Aaron Voros, Manitoba right wing Lee Goren, Milwaukee center Cal O’Reilly, Philadelphia center Ryan Potulny, Portland center Mark Hartigan, Providence center Marco Rosa, Rochester goaltender Adam Dennis, San Antonio center Donald MacLean, Syracuse left wing Joakim Lindstrom, Toronto left wing Martin Sagat, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Ryan Stone and Worcester left wing Mathieu Darche.

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