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 Jan. 11-17. It is the second time this season that he has received the weekly honor.

Almeida scored six goals, added two assists and was a +6 in three games last week.

The 27-year-old had his second four-goal game of the season in a 5-2 win against Tulsa on Wednesday, tallied two goals and added an assist in a 7-3 victory over Wichita on Friday and recorded an assist in a 3-2 win against the Thunder on Saturday.

A native of Ludlow, Mass., Almeida has 28 points (17g-11a) in 32 games with the Grizzlies this season. His 17 goals are tied for third in the ECHL.

Almeida has 118 points (55g-63a) in 161 career ECHL games with Utah, Cincinnati and Reading. 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.

Runner Up: Ryan Martindale, Florida (3 gp, 1g, 5a, 6 pts.).

Also Nominated: William Wrenn (Alaska), Brett Perlini (Fort Wayne), Rob Linsmayer (Idaho), Steven Whitney (Norfolk), T.J. Foster (Orlando), Kevin Henderson (Quad City) and Tyler Sikura (Toledo).

PREVIOUS WINNERS

WEEK PLAYER TEAM
Oct. 16-18 Barry Almeida Utah Grizzlies
Oct. 19-25 Derek Army Wheeling Nailers
Oct. 26-Nov. 1 Tyler Barnes Missouri Mavericks
Nov. 2-8 Jordon Southorn Fort Wayne Komets
Nov. 9-15 A.J. Jenks Toledo Walleye
Nov. 16-22 T.J. Foster Orlando Solar Bears
Nov. 23-29 Bryan Moore Utah Grizzlies
Nov. 30-Dec. 6 Mike Monfredo Quad City Mallards
Dec. 7-13 Mikhail Stefanovich Rapid City Rush

Dec. 14-20 Kyle Jean Idaho Steelheads
Dec. 21-27 Mike Embach Fort Wayne Komets
Dec. 28-Jan. 3 Matt Register Atlanta Gladiators
Jan. 4-10 Shane Berschbach Toledo Walleye