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Kolanos named AHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The American Hockey League announced today that Abbotsford Heat left wing Krys Kolanos has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 8, 2012.

This is the second time that Kolanos has been honoured by the league as he was previously named the Player of the Week for the period ending October 30, 2011.

Kolanos recorded 11 points and a plus-6 rating in four games last week, totalling six goals and five assists to help the Heat secure a berth in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Kolanos began the week with a goal in Abbotsford's 4-0 win over Rochester on Tuesday night, then notched a goal and two assists including setting up the winning goal in a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over the Americans on Wednesday. Kolanos scored both Heat goals in a 2-1 victory at Charlotte on Saturday afternoon, and led the way with two goals and three assists - his second five-point game in two weeks - as Abbotsford clinched a playoff spot with an 8-2 win over the Checkers on Sunday.

Kolanos, who has 18 points (11-7-18) and a plus-12 rating during his current seven-game scoring streak, has totalled 61 points (30-31-61) in 46 games for Abbotsford this year after missing the entire 2010-11 season due to injury. A former first-round draft choice by the Phoenix Coyotes, Kolanos also skated in 13 NHL games with Calgary in 2011-12, tallying one assist. The 11th-year pro and Calgary native has 136 goals and 127 assists for 263 points in 272 career AHL games, as well as 20 goals and 22 assists in 149 career NHL contests.

In recognition of his achievement, Kolanos will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Heat home game.

Next up for the Heat are their final two games of the regular season which sees the Toronto Marlies visit the AESC. The Marlies won both games against the Heat earlier this season in Toronto, lead the North division, and are seeded second in the Western Conference with 95 points in 74 games.

Friday night is the Heat's final ‘Loonie Toonie Dog 'n Brew' game that offers $2 beer and $1 hotdogs and a post-game Victoria Duffield concert, while Sunday's game is Fan Appreciation Night, and will see a lucky fan win a SICK Civic courtesy The Honda Way, and thousands of other giveaways. Sunday's regular season finale will be immediately followed by ‘Cuts for the Cure' where Heat players will shave their heads to help fundraise for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Courtesy of the Abbotsford Heat.

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