Former Idaho, Wheeling Center Konopka
Named AHL Player Of The Week

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced that former Idaho Steelheads and Wheeling Nailers center Zenon Konopka has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 12, 2006.

Konopka had three multiple-point games and led all players with six assists and eight points while helping the Portland Pirates retain a share of first place in the Atlantic Division. He is tied for third in the AHL with 15 assists while he is fifth in plus-minus rating at +11 and sixth in scoring with 19 points in 15 games.

The 6-foot-1 and 213-pound Konopka helped the Steelheads win the Kelly Cup in 2004, leading the Finals with six points and tying for the Finals lead with four goals. He tied for the league postseason lead with nine goals and three game-winning goals while ranking third in scoring with 17 points (9g-8a) in 17 games. During the 2003-04 regular season he had 28 points (6g-22a) in 23 games with Idaho and 11 points (7g-4a) in 43 games with Utah of the AHL.

In 2002-03 with Wheeling, Konopka was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and ranked second among ECHL rookies with 48 assists and ranked third in rookie scoring with 70 points. Selected to the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game where he had an assist in the Northern Conference’s 8-2 win, Konopka led the Nailers in points (70), assists (48) and plus-minus rating (+9) while tying for the team lead with four game-winning goals.

Other nominees for CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week included former Florida Everblades and current Albany center Keith Aucoin, former Long Beach Ice Dogs and current Hamilton goaltender Jaroslav Halak, former Pensacola Ice Pilots and Alaska Aces and current Lowell center Chris Minard, former Gwinnett Gladiators and current Toronto right wing Brett Engelhardt and former Johnstown Chiefs and current Worcester right wing Grant Stevenson.