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Clendening named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Rockford IceHogs defenseman Adam Clendening has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 1, 2018.

Clendening contributed two goals and five assists for seven points from the Rockford blue line last week, helping the IceHogs to three straight wins to strengthen their hold on a playoff position in the AHL’s Central Division.

Rockford opened a two-game series at Manitoba last Monday and Clendening registered three assists – equaling a career high for assists and points in a game – as the IceHogs defeated the Moose, 4-2. On Wednesday evening, Clendening scored a goal and assisted on another in Rockford’s 4-3 win over Manitoba. And on Saturday, he had a goal and an assist as the IceHogs improved to 9-1-1-1 in their last 12 games with a 5-3 victory over San Jose.

Clendening, 25, has totaled five goals and 28 assists for 33 points in 53 AHL games between Rockford and Tucson this season, including 28 points in 32 games since joining the IceHogs on Jan. 10. The sixth-year pro from Niagara Falls, N.Y., has appeared in 255 regular-season AHL games with Rockford, Tucson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Utica, tallying 28 goals and 131 assists for 159 points. Clendening was a Second Team AHL All-Star as a rookie in 2012-13 and a First Team selection in 2013-14, and he reached the Calder Cup Finals with Utica in 2015. Originally a second-round draft pick by Chicago in 2011, Clendening has also skated in 86 National Hockey League games with the Blackhawks, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, the N.Y. Rangers and Arizona, recording four goals and 20 assists for 24 points.

In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Clendening will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceHogs home game.