The American Hockey League announced today that defenseman Maxim Noreau has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 24, 2010. Noreau scored three goals and added four assists for seven points in just two games.
After representing Houston at the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, Maine, Noreau headed with his Aeros teammates to the other side of the continent for a two-game weekend set in Abbotsford, B.C. On Friday night, Noreau tied a franchise record by notching five points, including his third two-goal game of the season, to lead Houston to a 7-1 win over the Heat. Noreau came back with a goal and an assist on Saturday, helping the Aeros to a 5-4 overtime victory.
In recognition of his achievement, Noreau will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Aeros home game.
Noreau leads all AHL defensemen with 13 goals and 37 points while owning a plus-7 rating in 45 games for Houston this season, and is on the verge of surpassing his career highs in goals (14), assists (25) and points (39) established in 77 games with the Aeros in 2008-09. The 22-year-old native of Montreal also tied for second among AHL defensemen in playoff scoring during the 2009 postseason with 11 points in 20 games as Houston reached the conference finals. The third-year pro signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild on May 22, 2008.
Noreau and the Aeros continue their season-long five-game road trip Wednesday in Chicago. Puck drop between the Aeros and the Wolves is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Allstate Arena. Watch the game live at ahllive.com, listen to Joe O’Donnell’s call on 1070 AM-KNTH and follow the interactive in-game blog on aeros.com.