SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals right wing Pierre Parenteau has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 15, 2007. Parenteau scored two goals, including his thirtieth of the season, and had seven points in three games on the week for the Admirals.
In the first three games after his record-tying 14-game scoring streak was snapped, Parenteau led the Admirals with seven points in the final three games of the regular season. On Friday in Philadelphia, he had a hand in four of Norfolk's six goals as the Admirals defeated the Phantoms 6-3. Saturday in Albany, he scored his thirtieth goal of the season as Norfolk edged the River Rats 6-5. On Sunday in Bridgeport, Parenteau set up a pair of goals in a 5-3 setback. Parenteau finished the regular season with 79 points - 51 of which were scored in 40 games with the Admirals.
In recognition of his achievement, Parenteau will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
Parenteau (pronounced "pa-REHN-toh"), 23, is a 5'11", 195 lb. right wing from Hull, Quebec. He appeared in 68 AHL games this season between the Admirals and Portland Pirates, registering 30 goals and 49 assists with 47 penalty minutes and a +19 rating. He finished the season in ninth place in the AHL scoring race with 79 points. He also placed sixth in assists and was in the top twenty of goal scoring and plus/minus. The fourth-year pro has registered 83 goals and 116 assists for
199 points in 266 career AHL games.
Parenteau also appeared in his first five career NHL games this season with the Chicago Blackhawks, posting one assist and two penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on February 7th at Vancouver. He picked up his first NHL point on February 14th at Pittsburgh when he assisted on Martin St. Pierre's first career NHL goal.
Parenteau was acquired by the Blackhawks along with Bruno St. Jacques from the Anaheim Ducks for Matt Keith, Sebastien Caron and Chris Durno on December 28, 2006. He was originally drafted by the Ducks in the ninth round (264th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.