SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced that former Florida Everblades and current Lowell Lock Monsters center Keith Aucoin has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week.
Aucoin becomes the second former ECHL player in a row to win the award as former Las Vegas and current Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights goaltender Brent Krahn was the recipient last week. In addition to Aucoin and Krahn, former ECHL players to win the AHL weekly award in 2005-06 are Mike Ayers (Dayton and Syracuse), Brian Finley (Toledo and Milwaukee), Jamie Holden (Fresno and Cleveland), Lawrence Nycholat (Jackson and Hershey) and Nathan Robinson (Toledo and Providence).
The ECHL has affiliations with 21 of the 27 teams in the AHL and for the past 16 years there has been a former ECHL player on the AHL team that has won the Calder Cup. The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Lock Monsters.
Aucoin scored two goals and added four assists as the Lock Monsters posted a pair of wins. After ending the previous week with a four-point effort, Aucoin scored two goals and assisted on another, all in the first period, of a 5-3 win against Norfolk on Saturday and then he assisted on three goals in a 6-0 win against Albany on Sunday. He is fourth in the AHL with 47 assists and tied for fifth with 70 points and was chosen to play in the Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic.
Aucoin had two assists in one game with the Everblades in 2001-02 before being called up to Lowell where he had 16 points (6g-10a) in 30 games. His brother, Phil, is currently playing for the Everblades and has 34 points (15g-19a) and 52 penalty minutes in 50 games after beginning the season with Charlotte where he had three points (1g-2a) in four games.
Other former ECHL players nominated for the award included former Charlotte and current Binghamton goaltender Kelly Guard, former Charlotte and current Hershey left wing Boyd Kane, former Jackson and current Providence left wing Eric Healey, former Charlotte and current San Antonio center Layne Ulmer and former Pensacola and current Toronto left wing Kris Newbury.