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Hartford's Dusablon Named AHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack center Benoit Dusablon has been named the Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, January 6, 2002. In three appearances last week, Dusablon recorded four goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating, helping the Wolf Pack to a 2-1-0 mark.

After being held scoreless in Manchester on New Year’s Eve, Dusablon broke out for two goals and an assist and had a game-high seven shots on goal in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win at league-leading Philadelphia, including the game-tying goal with just 56 seconds left in regulation. The next night, the 22-year-old rookie sparked a furious comeback from a five-goal first-period deficit, scoring two goals and two assists in a wild 6-5 loss at Albany. In the second period of that game, Dusablon established a Wolf Pack franchise record with two goals in the span of eight seconds.

In recognition of his achievement, Dusablon will receive a Sher-Wood leather jacket, presented to him during an on-ice ceremony prior to an upcoming game. In addition, Sher-Wood will donate five travel bags to the Connecticut Chasers, members of Special Hockey International’s Heart League, in Dusablon’s name.

A native of Ste.-Anne-de-la-Perad, Que., Dusablon has tallied six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 17 games with Hartford this season. He has 10 points in his last five games, and 15 points in 14 games since his most recent recall from Charlotte of the East Coast Hockey League on Dec. 3.

Other players nominated for Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week include Albany left wing Christian Berglund, Bridgeport right wing Trent Hunter, Chicago left wing Steve Maltais, Cincinnati center Jason Williams, Cleveland right wing Lynn Loyns, Grand Rapids center Kip Miller, Hamilton right wing Craig Reichert, Houston defenseman Curtis Murphy, Lowell center Mike Zigomanis, Manitoba center Andre Savage, Milwaukee center Steve Dubinsky, Portland goaltender Sebastien Charpentier, Quebec goaltender Mathieu Garon, Rochester defenseman Doug Houda, Saint John left wing Jason Botterill, St. John’s right wing Paul Healey, Syracuse center Chris Nielsen and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Milan Kraft.

As Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week, Dusablon is scheduled to participate in an on-line chat at the AHL’s official web site,, on Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 PM ET.
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