Mink named AHL Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Peoria Rivermen right wing Graham Mink has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 17, 2010. Mink tallied two goals and seven assists for nine points to go with a plus-5 rating in four games.

Mink notched a pair of assists on Tuesday to help Peoria to a 6-2 win over Rockford, then began a three-game weekend road swing through Texas with a goal and three assists in the Rivermen’s 6-2 win at San Antonio on Friday night. Mink scored the game-winning goal and added another helper on Saturday as Peoria edged Houston, 3-2, and then capped the week with an assist in a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Texas in Cedar Park.

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

Mink is off to a torrid start to his 10th AHL season, leading the league with eight assists and 12 points in six games for Peoria. A six-time 20-goal scorer, a two-time Calder Cup champion and an AHL All-Star team captain in 2010, Mink has totaled 207 goals and 206 assists for 413 points in 574 career AHL games with Peoria, Rochester, Hershey, Worcester and Portland. The native of Stowe, Vt., was acquired by the St. Louis Blues in a trade from Florida on Aug. 3, 2010.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Adirondack left wing Eric Wellwood, Albany right wing Vladimir Zharkov, Charlotte right wing Jerome Samson, Chicago goaltender Edward Pasquale, Grand Rapids goaltender Joey MacDonald, Hartford goaltender Cameron Talbot, Hershey right wing Brian Willsie, Lake Erie right wing Matthew Ford, Manchester right wing Brandon Kozun, Manitoba goaltender Eddie Lack, Milwaukee center Linus Klasen, Norfolk center Paul Szczechura, Oklahoma City center Brad Moran, Portland right wing Mark Mancari, Rochester right wing Michal Repik, Rockford goaltender Alec Richards, Syracuse goaltender Timo Pielmeier, Texas left wing Scott McCulloch and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton left wing Tim Wallace.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week