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Wiseman named Player of the Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Albany Devils left wing Chad Wiseman has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 13, 2011. Wiseman scored six goals in four games last week, helping the Devils to a 4-0-0-0 record and etching his name in the AHL record books in the process.

Wiseman’s week began with a historic flurry on Wednesday night. With Albany trailing Bridgeport, 4-1, Wiseman scored four times in the final 9:35 of regulation, including the game-winner with 31.6 seconds to play, as the Devils rallied for a 5-4 victory; the four goals in one period tied an AHL record, accomplished by only six other players in the league’s 75-year history. Wiseman came back with another goal in Albany’s 2-1 win at Adirondack on Friday night, and later finished the week by netting the game-winner in a 4-1 victory over Syracuse on Sunday.

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

Wiseman, whose six-goal week matched his previous output for the season, now has 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points in 37 games for Albany in 2010-11. A 10th-year pro from Burlington, Ont., Wiseman has totaled 159 goals and 228 assists for 387 points in 519 career AHL matches with Albany/Lowell, Springfield, Hershey, Hartford and Cleveland. The former draft pick of the San Jose Sharks has also appeared in nine career NHL contests with San Jose and the N.Y. Rangers.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Adirondack right wing Mike Testwuide, Bridgeport center Jeremy Colliton, Charlotte center Jon Matsumoto, Chicago defenseman Arturs Kulda, Connecticut center Kris Newbury, Grand Rapids right wing Francis Pare, Hamilton right wing Aaron Palushaj, Hershey left wing Kyle Greentree, Houston right wing Jon DiSalvatore, Lake Erie defenseman Cameron Gaunce, Manchester center John Zeiler, Manitoba center Alexandre Bolduc, Milwaukee goaltender Mark Dekanich, Norfolk left wing Johan Harju, Peoria left wing Derek Nesbitt, Portland defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani, Rochester defenseman Mike Kostka, Rockford goaltender Hannu Toivonen, San Antonio center Randy Robitaille, Syracuse right wing Brian McGrattan, Texas center Travis Morin, Toronto center Nazem Kadri, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and Worcester right wing Tommy Wingels.

Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week