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Clarkson named CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Lowell Devils right wing David Clarkson has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 14, 2007.

Clarkson tallied five goals and three assists for eight points, along with a plus-6 rating, in two games last week.

On Friday night, Clarkson scored four goals and assisted on the game-winner in the final minute of regulation as Lowell claimed a 5-3 decision from visiting Philadelphia. In a rematch with the Phantoms on Sunday, Clarkson scored once more and added two assists as the Devils beat the Phantoms, 6-3.

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

A second-year pro out of Mimico, Ont., Clarkson is third on Lowell with 11 goals and tied for fourth with 21 points in 32 games this season. The 22-year-old winger compiled 34 points (13g, 21a) and a team-high 233 penalty minutes in his rookie year skating with the Albany River Rats. Signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils on Aug, 12, 2005, Clarkson played junior hockey in the OHL, winning a Memorial Cup with Kitchener in 2003.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany left wing Ryan Bayda, Bridgeport left wing Jeff Tambellini, Chicago defenseman Troy Milam, Grand Rapids goaltender Stefan Liv, Hamilton center Mikhail Grabovski, Hartford goaltender Al Montoya, Hershey left wing Quintin Laing, Houston right wing Mattias Weinhandl, Manitoba goaltender Drew MacIntyre, Milwaukee goaltender Karl Goehring, Omaha goaltender Curtis McElhinney, Peoria left wing Charles Linglet, Philadelphia right wing Darren Reid, Providence center David Krejci, Rochester right wing Mark Mancari, San Antonio goaltender David LeNeveu, Syracuse defenseman Filip Novak, Toronto center John Mitchell and Worcester right wing Steve Bernier.

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