Upshall named player of the week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals left wing Scottie Upshall has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 5, 2006. In two games last week, Upshall scored four goals, added two assists and recorded a plus-5 rating as the Admirals earned three of a possible four points against a pair of division leaders.

Coming out of the All-Star break, Upshall registered a goal and an assist and was named the game’s third star in Milwaukee’s 5-4 overtime loss to Grand Rapids on Friday. One night later, Upshall scored three times for his second hat trick of the season, added an assist and converted on his shootout attempt to clinch the Admirals’ 6-5 victory at Houston and earn first-star honors.

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

The sixth overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Upshall has dominated AHL opponents with Milwaukee this season. In 14 games with the Admirals in 2005-06, he has notched 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points, along with a plus-14 rating. Upshall also has 13 points (4g, 9a) in 32 NHL games with Nashville this season. A member of Milwaukee’s 2004 Calder Cup championship team, the third-year pro from Fort McMurray, Alta., has registered 49 goals and 51 assists for 100 points in 109 career AHL contests.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week include Albany center Nicklas Bergfors, Binghamton left wing Denis Hamel, Bridgeport right wing Rob Collins, Chicago left wing Karl Stewart, Grand Rapids center Donald MacLean, Hartford center Jarkko Immonen, Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi, Houston center Patrick O’Sullivan, Iowa left wing Loui Eriksson, Manitoba defenseman Maxime Fortunus, Peoria left wing Timofei Shishkanov, Portland center Aaron Gavey, Providence center Tyler Redenbach, Rochester center Jiri Novotny, San Antonio forward Pascal Rheaume, Syracuse left wing Joakim Lindstrom, Toronto center John Pohl and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Maxime Talbot.