SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals center Blake Geoffrion has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 6, 2011. In two games, Geoffrion recorded two goals, five assists and a plus-5 rating.
Geoffrion becomes the first AHL player in more than 16 years to be named Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks, since Portland Pirates goaltender Jim Carey did so for the periods ending Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 1994.
After turning 23 on Thursday, Geoffrion came out of the all-star break with a four-point performance, scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on three others to lead Milwaukee to a 4-2 win over Rockford on Friday night. Then in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Geoffrion picked up a goal and two assists in a 6-2 Admirals win, keeping Milwaukee tied atop the West Division with the best record in the Western Conference at week’s end.
In recognition of his achievement, Geoffrion will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
In winning the consecutive awards, Geoffrion has notched 13 points and a plus-8 rating in four games over the last two weeks. A rookie out of the University of Wisconsin and the reigning Hobey Baker Award recipient as the top collegiate player in the U.S., Geoffrion now has 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 37 games for the Admirals this season, good for a tie for eighth place on the league’s rookie scoring list. The native of Plantation, Fla., is the grandson of former AHL coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Geoffrion and the son of former AHL forward Dan Geoffrion.
Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Adirondack left wing Denis Hamel, Charlotte right wing Jerome Samson, Chicago center Andre Deveaux, Connecticut center Chad Kolarik, Hershey center Keith Aucoin, Houston center Patrick O’Sullivan, Lake Erie center Mark Olver, Manchester goaltender Martin Jones, Manitoba center Jordan Schroeder, Portland left wing Dennis McCauley, Rockford left wing Jeff Taffe, San Antonio left wing Alexandre Picard, Springfield goaltender Gustaf Wesslau, Syracuse goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur, Texas goaltender Richard Bachman, Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Nick Johnson and Worcester goaltender Carter Hutton.
Also see: Past winners, AHL Player of the Week