Valk named CCM ECHL Player of the Month

Kalamazoo Wings’ center Curtis Valk has been named the CCM ECHL Player of the Month for October.


Valk scored four goals, assisted on six others and was a +4 in six games during October, helping the K-Wings to a 4-1-1 record during the month.


The 21-year-old had at least one point in each of the six games in October, including two multi-point games. He had two assists in a 6-2 win at Elmira on Oct. 18 and four points (2g-2a) in an 8-2 victory at Cincinnati on Oct. 25.


A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Valk leads ECHL rookies, and is second overall in the league, with 11 points, while his four goals are tied for second among first-year players.


Under contract to Utica of the American Hockey League, Valk recorded 255 points (125g-130a) in 270 career Western Hockey League games with Medicine Hat. Last season, he was tied for fourth in the league with 47 goals and was 11th with 92 points.


Runners Up: Brayden Irwin, Elmira (6 gp, 5g, 3a, 8 pts.), Matthew Pistilli, Fort Wayne (6 gp, 4g, 4a, 8 pts.) and Dane Walters, Toledo (3 gp, 3g, 3a, 6 pts).


Also Nominated: Greger Hanson (Allen), Josh Winquist (Bakersfield), Taylor Vause (Colorado), Patrick Kennedy (Evansville), Adam Brace (Florida), Casey Pierro-Zabotel (Gwinnett), Levi Nelson (Idaho), David Rutherford (Missouri), Geoff Walker (Ontario), Gleason Fournier (Orlando), Adam Hughesman (Reading), Andrew Rowe (South Carolina), Peter Sivak (Stockton), Michael Pelech (Utah) and Riley Brace (Wheeling).