Rankin named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week

Evan Rankin of the Toledo Walleye is the
Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for March 28-April 3.

Rankin scored six goals and was a +4 in three games last week, helping the Walleye to a 3-0-0 record.

The 30-year-old scored a goal and was a +3 in a 5-4 win against Manchester on Friday before scoring five goals in a 7-3 victory at Cincinnati on Saturday. It was the second time in his ECHL career that Rankin scored five goals in a game after also doing so on Feb. 18, 2010 at Charlotte. It was just the 31st time in ECHL history that a player has scored at least five goals in a game.

A native of Portage, Mich., Rankin has 29 points (18g-11a) in 28 games with the Walleye this season while adding seven points (1g-6a) in 30 American Hockey League games with Lehigh Valley, St. John’s and Utica.

Rankin has tallied 159 points (83g-76a) in 171 career games with Toledo and he has posted 115 points (56g-59a) in 221 career AHL games with Manitoba, Grand Rapids, Rochester, Syracuse, Lehigh Valley, St. John’s and Utica.

On behalf of Evan Rankin, a case of pucks will be donated to a Toledo youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 33,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Runners Up: Trent Daavettila, Colorado (4 gp, 2g, 6a, 8 pts.) and Justin Taylor, Kalamazoo (3 gp, 3g, 2a, 5 pts.).

Also Nominated: Greg Wolfe (Adirondack), David Makowski (Allen), Derek Nesbitt (Atlanta), Chris Rumble (Evansville), Garrett Meurs (Fort Wayne), Jack Combs (Greenville), Nick Petrecki (Indy), Sam Warning (Quad City), Yannick Tifu (Reading) and Bryan Moore (Utah).




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Nov. 2-8 Jordon Southorn Fort Wayne Komets
Nov. 9-15 A.J. Jenks Toledo Walleye
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