Hartigan wins weekly award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch center Mark Hartigan has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 19, 2006. In four contests last week, Hartigan scored four goals and added five assists for nine points as the Crunch extended their winning streak to seven games.

Hartigan began the week by scoring once and dishing out four assists as Syracuse earned a 9-4 win over Binghamton in Utica, N.Y. The goal was Hartigan’s fourth consecutive game-winner. On Friday in Toronto, he scored a power-play goal to help the Crunch to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Marlies. Back home the next night, Hartigan recorded a goal and an assist in the third period as Syracuse beat Cleveland, 3-1, and Sunday, his goal 11 seconds into the second period put the Crunch up for good en route to a 5-2 win at Binghamton.

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

Currently riding a seven-game goal-scoring streak, Hartigan has recorded 28 goals and 37 assists for 65 points in just 42 games this season, good for fourth in the AHL scoring race. He also has one goal in 14 NHL games with Columbus in 2005-06. A native of Fort St. John, B.C., and a 2006 AHL All-Star, Hartigan now has 216 points (97g, 119a) to his credit in 235 career AHL games with Syracuse and Chicago.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Binghamton right wing Jeff Heerema, Bridgeport defenseman Joel Bouchard, Grand Rapids center Donald MacLean, Hamilton left wing Jean-Francois Jacques, Hartford goaltender Robert Gherson, Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi, Houston right wing Kirby Law, Lowell left wing Paul Healey, Manitoba right wing Lee Goren, Milwaukee forward Chris Durno, Omaha center David Moss, Peoria center Trent Whitfield, Portland goaltender Dieter Kochan, Providence center Pascal Pelletier, Rochester right wing Chris Thorburn, Toronto defenseman Brendan Bell and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Erik Christensen.