Brouwer named top rookie for March


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals right wing Troy Brouwer has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for March. Brouwer recorded 12 goals and six assists for 18 points in 11 games en route to setting a franchise record for goals in a season.

Brouwer scored a goal in nine of his 11 contests during the month, including a six-game streak from Mar. 4-17 that was the longest in Admirals history. On Mar. 9, he scored twice in a 4-3 win over Binghamton including his 34th goal of the season, setting another team record, and he tied a club mark on Mar. 28 with his 20th power-play goal of the year in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia.

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

A 21-year-old native of Delta, B.C., Brouwer ranks second in the AHL with 40 goals and is tied for fifth with 77 points in 63 games for Norfolk in 2006-07. He is also second overall with 20 power-play goals and tied for third with seven game-winning markers. Drafted by Chicago in 2004, Brouwer has appeared in 10 games with the Blackhawks this season, and also represented the Admirals at the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic.

Other nominees for Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month include Binghamton center Andrew Ebbett, Grand Rapids right wing Jamie Tardif, Hamilton right wing Matt D’Agostini, Hartford left wing Dane Byers, Manchester left wing Matt Moulson, Milwaukee center Cal O’Reilly, Omaha center Dustin Boyd, Portland goaltender David McKee, Providence center David Krejci, Rochester center Marek Zagrapan, San Antonio center Alex Leavitt, Syracuse goaltender Tomas Popperle, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Rob Schremp and Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss.