Almeida named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week


Barry Almeida of the Utah Grizzlies is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Oct. 16-18.


Almeida scored five goals and was a +5 in two games last week as Utah swept an opening-weekend series at Colorado.


The 26-year-old had one goal in a 4-3 overtime win on Friday then scored four times, including a shorthanded tally and the game-winning goal, in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.


A native of Ludlow, Mass., Almeida leads the ECHL in goals, is tied for the league lead in points and is tied for second in plus-minus.


Almeida has 95 points (43g-52a) in 131 career ECHL games with Utah, Reading and Cincinnati. He captured a Kelly Cup title with the Royals in 2013. He has added 15 points (7g-8a) in 36 career games with Hershey of the American Hockey League.


Prior to turning pro, Almeida recorded 92 points (45g-47a) in 159 career games at Boston College and was part of the Eagles’ National Championship teams in 2010 and 2012.


On behalf of Barry Almeida, a case of pucks will be donated to a Utah 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: Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne (2 gp, 2, 1a, 3 pts.) and Brady Vail, Orlando (1 gp, 1g, 3a, 4 pts.).


Also Nominated: Louick Marcotte (Adirondack), Allan McPherson (Elmira), Alex Lavoie (Indy), Michael Pelech (Norfolk), Logan Nelson (Quad City), Brett Cameron (South Carolina), Shane Berschbach (Toledo) and Jarrett Burton (Wheeling).