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Griffins' Minard receives AHL award

Thursday, 03.1.2012 / 3:14 PM ET / Press Release
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Griffins\' Minard receives AHL award
Chris Minard
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Hockey League on Thursday announced that Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Chris Minard has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month for February. Minard registered eight goals and five assists for 13 points and recorded a plus-seven rating in 10 games during February, returning to form after having missed the season’s first 36 games due to a concussion.

Minard, who tied for the league lead with eight goals during the month, is the first Grand Rapids player to win the award since it was instituted by the AHL in 2007-08. He also became the first Griffin to earn such an honor since April 2001, when Derek King was named the International Hockey League’s player of the month in that circuit’s final season of existence.

A veteran of 10 pro seasons and 40 NHL contests with Edmonton and Pittsburgh, Minard logged four multi-point games during February, including three consecutive outings from Feb. 11-15. He notched three points (1-2—3) and a plus-three rating in a 5-4 loss to Houston on Feb. 11, was named First Star after tallying his first hat trick of the season and another plus-three rating in a 7-4 win over San Antonio on Feb. 12, then chipped in two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss at Chicago on Feb. 15.

The 30-year-old capped off the month by netting his second hat trick in less than two weeks as part of a four-point night on Feb. 24, earning First Star honors and a plus-three rating in a 6-1 rout of Lake Erie. Minard became just the sixth Griffin to log multiple hat tricks in a single season, and his two hat tricks in a span of five games/13 days marked the second-fastest pair in Griffins history behind Donald MacLean, who recorded his in consecutive games on Jan. 14-18, 2006. Minard’s three career hat tricks now tie him for second all time on the Griffins, matching Kevin Miller and standing two behind MacLean.

Despite playing in only 17 contests this season, Minard places second on the club with a plus-nine rating and has averaged a point per game (12-5—17). His 12 goals already rank fifth on the Griffins, while his 11 even-strength markers are one off the team lead.

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

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59