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Nycholat named player of the week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Hershey Bears defenseman Lawrence Nycholat has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 22, 2006. In three games last week, the AHL All-Star blueliner recorded three goals and four assists for seven points.

Nycholat began the week by recording four points – two goals and two assists – in the first period of Hershey’s 5-4 shootout loss at Philadelphia on Friday night. He then picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-3 home win over Portland, and followed up by assisting on the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 4-3 rematch victory over the Pirates.

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

Nycholat is currently fifth in the AHL among defensemen with 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 43 games for Hershey this season. He is tied for third on the Bears in scoring, and has been named to participate in next week’s 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, his second consecutive All-Star selection. A native of Calgary, the 26-year-old Nycholat has recorded 36 goals and 136 assists for 172 points in 347 career AHL games with Hershey, Hartford and Houston. He also has nine National Hockey League games to his credit, all with the New York Rangers in 2003-04.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany right wing Tuomas Pihlman, Binghamton center Steve Martins, Bridgeport right wing Masi Marjamaki, Chicago right wing Ramzi Abid, Grand Rapids center Donald MacLean, Houston center Erik Westrum, Iowa left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist, Lowell center Mike Zigomanis, Manitoba right wing Lee Goren, Milwaukee left wing Scottie Upshall, Norfolk center Mark Cullen, Peoria center Trent Whitfield, Philadelphia goaltender Jamie Storr, Portland left wing Dustin Penner, Providence center Pascal Pelletier, Rochester goaltender Michael Leighton, Syracuse goaltender Martin Prusek and Toronto left wing Colin Murphy.