Van der Gulik named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Lake Erie Monsters left wing David van der Gulik has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 23, 2012.

In three games on the week, van der Gulik scored three goals and tallied four assists for seven points to go along with a plus-5 rating for the Monsters.

Last Wednesday night vs. Toronto, van der Gulik recorded three assists in regulation as Lake Erie rallied from a two-goal deficit, then scored in overtime to give the Monsters a 4-3 victory over the Marlies. On Thursday, his power-play goal opened the scoring in a Lake Erie 4-3 win over Houston. And on Saturday, van der Gulik had a goal and an assist to help the Monsters to a 5-2 victory over the Aeros.

Van der Gulik entered the Christmas break with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 29 games for Lake Erie this season, his seventh professional campaign. Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2002, van der Gulik has totaled 103 goals and 141 assists for 244 points, as well as a cumulative plus-78 rating, in 414 AHL games with Omaha, Quad City, Abbotsford and Lake Erie. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., has also appeared in 37 career National Hockey League games with Calgary and Colorado, notching two goals and nine assists.

In recognition of his achievement, van der Gulik will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Monsters home game.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week