The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack right wing John Tripp
has been named the Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, October 27, 2002. Tripp scored six goals and recorded a plus-4 rating in three weekend games for the Wolf Pack, gaining a tie of the league's goal-scoring lead in the process.
After being held scoreless in the season's first four games, Tripp notched a hat trick in Friday's 8-7 loss to Manchester, then scored twice more as Hartford rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits to earn a 5-5 tie against Philadelphia on Saturday. Tripp capped the week with the first goal in the Wolf Pack's 4-2 win over Albany on Sunday.
In recognition of his achievement, Tripp 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 Tripp's name.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, the 25-year-old was a second-round draft choice of the Calgary Flames in 1997. He joined the Wolf Pack last season and was reunited with Hartford general manager Al Coates
, who was General Manager of the Flames from 1995-2000.