Haydar wins AHL weekly honor

The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals right wing Darren Haydar has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 2, 2005. In three games, Haydar registered three goals and five assists for eight points as Milwaukee kept pace in the West Division standings.

Haydar began the week by recording a goal and an assist in the Admirals’ 4-3 loss to San Antonio on Monday. Two nights later in Houston, he picked up a goal and three assists in the second period of a 4-1 win, helping the Admirals end a three-game losing streak. Haydar capped his week on Thursday with the game-winning goal and another assist as Milwaukee rallied from two goals down to defeat Hamilton, 3-2.

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

A native of Milton, Ont., Haydar is in his third professional season out of the University of New Hampshire, and currently ranks second on the Admirals with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 29 games this season. Haydar won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie and participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2003, and in 183 career AHL games (all with Milwaukee), he has tallied 62 goals and 99 assists for 161 points. A 1999 draft pick by Nashville, Haydar also led the AHL in postseason scoring with 26 points as Milwaukee won the Calder Cup in 2004.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Pascal Rheaume, Binghamton left wing Denis Hamel, Bridgeport right wing John Morlang, Chicago center Lonny Bohonos, Cincinnati right wing Joffrey Lupul, Cleveland left wing Ryane Clowe, Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis, Hartford defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, Hershey center Eric Perrin, Houston center Rickard Wallin, Lowell forward Mike Zigomanis, Manchester right wing Tom Kostopoulos, Manitoba center Ryan Kesler, Norfolk center Mikhail Yakubov, Portland right wing Brian Willsie, Providence forward Keith Aucoin, Rochester goaltender Ryan Miller, San Antonio forward Ryan Jardine, Springfield defenseman Marc Busenburg, St. John’s goaltender J.S. Aubin, Syracuse forward Brad Moran, Utah left wing Randall Gelech and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Michel Ouellet.