Bears’ Conner named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Hershey Bears right wing Chris Conner has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 7, 2014. 

Conner recorded three goals and four assists for seven points in three games as the Bears continued to battle for the top spot in the AHL’s East Division. 

On Friday night, Conner notched a goal and two assists as Hershey doubled up Bridgeport, 6-3. He came back on Saturday with both Bears goals in a 2-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, earning first-star honors for the game. And on Sunday evening, Conner recorded two assists in Hershey’s 3-2 loss to the Penguins, giving him points on seven of the Bears’ 10 goals over the weekend. 

A ninth-year pro, Conner has registered four goals and five assists for nine points in 10 games with Hershey in 2014-15. The native of Westland, Mich., has totaled 111 goals and 176 assists for 287 points in 362 career AHL contests since turning pro in 2006, and has added 22 goals and 28 assists in 178 games in the National Hockey League with Dallas, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Phoenix. Conner signed as a free agent with Washington on July 1, 2014. 

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

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