Mancari earns Player of the Week nod

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates right wing Mark Mancari has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 7, 2010. Mancari notched seven points and a plus-7 rating in three games last week.

Mancari’s week started earlier than usual with an 11:00 a.m. faceoff on Tuesday morning, and Mancari responded with four assists and a plus-4 in the Pirates’ 6-1 victory over Manchester. On Friday in Providence, Mancari dished out two assists in a 3-0 decision over the Bruins. And on Saturday, he secured his fourth consecutive 20-goal season with an unassisted tally as part of Portland’s 4-3 shootout win at Lowell.

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

Mancari is tied for ninth in the AHL in scoring with 49 points, including a team-high 20 goals, in 49 games for Portland this season. The 24-year-old native of London, Ont., is in his fifth pro season, and has totaled 11 goals and 161 assists for 272 points in 337 games. Mancari participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2008 and 2009, and set career highs in goals (29), assists (38) and points (67) with the Pirates in 2008-09. He was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2004 and has one goal and two assists in 11 career NHL games.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Abbotsford goaltender David Shantz, Adirondack center Jared Ross, Albany defenseman Jamie McBain, Binghamton right wing Ryan Keller, Bridgeport left wing Greg Mauldin, Chicago center Matt Anderson, Grand Rapids right wing Jeremy Williams, Hamilton right wing Mike Glumac, Hartford goaltender Matt Zaba, Hershey center Andrew Joudrey, Houston center Cody Almond, Lake Erie right wing Darren Haydar, Manitoba right wing Dan Sexton, Milwaukee center Colin Wilson, Peoria right wing Adam Cracknell, Providence right wing Mikko Lehtonen, Rochester right wing Graham Mink, Rockford right wing Bryan Bickell, San Antonio right wing Mikkel Boedker, Syracuse goaltender Kevin Lalande, Texas right wing Mathieu Beaudoin, Toronto right wing Andre Deveaux, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Nick Johnson and Worcester left wing Dennis McCauley.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week