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McCarthy named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that San Jose Barracuda forward John McCarthy has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 11, 2018.

McCarthy totaled three goals and three assists for six points in two games last week to help keep the Barracuda in the thick of the playoff race in the Pacific Division.

On Friday night, McCarthy registered the first hat trick and the first four-point game of his nine-year professional career, sparking San Jose to a 6-2 victory over visiting Cleveland. Then on Saturday, McCarthy notched two more assists as the Barracuda blanked the Monsters, 4-0, for their fourth consecutive win.

In his second year as captain of the Barracuda, McCarthy returned to the San Jose lineup on Mar. 2 after representing the United States at the 2018 Olympics. The Boston, Mass., native has tallied 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points along with a team-best plus-9 rating in 47 AHL games in 2017-18, and now shows 113 goals and 147 assists for 260 points in 483 career AHL contests with San Jose, Chicago and Worcester. A seventh-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2006, McCarthy also has three goals and three assists in 88 career NHL appearances.

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