Grimaldi, Rabey, Shibrowski named USHL Players of the Week

By League Press Release

The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the second week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.

Congratulations to forward Rocco Grimaldi of Team USA, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Jarrod Rabey of the Indiana Ice, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Michael Shibrowski of the Des Moines Buccaneers who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Grimaldi tallied seven points (3g, 4a) and a plus-four rating in two victories for Team USA’s Under-18 squad over the weekend.  The 17-year-old scored two goals in the third period, including the shorthanded game-winner, of Friday’s 4-2 win vs. Dubuque.  He then busted out with a five-point game (1g, 4a) in the 10-3 victory against Muskegon on Saturday.  The five points and plus-four rating established a USHL season highs and the four assists equaled another League high.  Grimaldi is a native of Auburn Hills, Michigan and is playing in his second USHL season after posting 20 points (11g, 9a) in 32 games last season.

Rabey scored two goals as the Ice split a pair of contests during the weekend.  The 18-year-old from Rockton, Illinois netted a goal just over six minutes into the home opener for the Ice on Saturday.  It was the first USHL goal for the defenseman and also proved to be game-winner during the 5-0 shutout.  He added a power play goal in the third period for his second of the evening.  The 6-0, 238-pound defenseman is in his second USHL season after appearing in five games for the Ice in 2009-10. 

Shibrowski stopped all 25 shots he faced in the 2-0 victory over Green Bay on Saturday.  The 19-year-old native of Edina, Minnesota was making his USHL debut as he recorded his first shutout in the League, including making 14 saves in the second period vs. the defending Clark Cup champions. The performance by Shibrowski helped the Buccaneers earn their first victory of the new season.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates ninth season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With 250 players from 2009-10 committed to NCAA Division I schools and 35 NHL Entry Draft picks on League rosters last season, the USHL is the nation’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.