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Cammalleri named week’s best

The American Hockey League announced today that Manchester Monarchs center Mike Cammalleri has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 16, 2005. Cammalleri recorded three goals and four assists for seven points in three games last week for the league-leading Monarchs.

Manchester had dropped to second place in the Atlantic Division before hitting the ice for the first time last week, but Cammalleri helped the Monarchs regain the throne with a goal and two assists in a 7-4 win over Worcester on Friday night. He added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Providence, then repeated that effort with another goal and an assist in a 3-1 decision at Portland on Sunday evening. With 62 points (29-7-3-1), Manchester is back in first place overall in the AHL.

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

A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Cammalleri is currently second in the American Hockey League in goals (26) and points (57) in 39 games played for the Monarchs. A second-round pick (49th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Cammelleri has now registered 51 goals and 65 assists for 116 points in 94 career AHL games with Manchester. The former All-American at the University of Michigan also has 23 points (14g, 9a) in 59 career NHL matches with the Kings.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Pascal Rheaume, Binghamton goaltender Ray Emery, Bridgeport center Kevin Colley, Chicago center Derek MacKenzie, Cleveland left wing Josh Prudden, Hartford left wing Alexandre Giroux, Hershey forward Eric Perrin, Houston center Mikko Koivu, Lowell right wing Chuck Kobasew, Manitoba goaltender Alex Auld, Milwaukee right wing Darren Haydar, Norfolk left wing Rene Bourque, Portland right wing Jakub Klepis, Rochester forward Chris Thorburn, San Antonio forward Ryan Jardine, Springfield left wing Derek Bekar, St. John’s right wing David Ling, Syracuse center Jeff Panzer and Utah center Kiel McLeod.