Amerks’ Hunter bags weekly league honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Rochester Americans left wing Dylan Hunter has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 5, 2007. Hunter recorded two goals and five assists for seven points in three games to help the Americans to three consecutive victories.

On Nov. 1, Hunter assisted on the game-winning goal as the Americans defeated Grand Rapids, 3-1, in the front end of a home-and-home set. The next night back in Rochester, Hunter combined his first career two-goal game with his first career three-assist game to register five points in a 5-3 win over the Griffins. Finally, on Nov. 3, Hunter completed a busy 48-hour stretch with another assist as Rochester defeated Hamilton, 3-0.

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

Hunter, a second-year pro and son of longtime NHL forward Dale Hunter, has recorded five goals and six assists for 11 points in 14 games for Rochester this season, after tallying 28 points (8g, 20a) in 67 games as a rookie in 2006-07. Hunter was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2004 and played five years of junior hockey with London (OHL), where he posted back-to-back seasons with more than 100 points and won a Memorial Cup championship in 2005.

Other nominees for Rbk/AHL Player of the Week include Albany right wing Pat Dwyer, Bridgeport left wing Jeff Tambellini, Chicago right wing Jesse Schultz, Grand Rapids center Mark Hartigan, Hartford center Tommy Pyatt, Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney, Houston defenseman Erik Reitz, Iowa goaltender Tobias Stephan, Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman, Manchester right wing Teddy Purcell, Manitoba right wing Juraj Simek, Philadelphia left wing Denis Tolpeko, Portland defenseman Aaron Rome, Providence left wing Pascal Pelletier, Quad City right wing Carsen Germyn, Rockford right wing Evan Brophey, San Antonio right wing Bill Thomas, Syracuse center Kris Beech, Toronto right wing David Ling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Ty Conklin.

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