Coming off a 5 point performance in two of the Charlotte Checkers road victories last week, forward Brock McGinn was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week as announced by the league earlier today.
The honor is the first for McGinn, who has 12 points in 12 games this season with Charlotte. He still ranks second on the team in goals with 9, which is one behind team leader Derek Ryan’s 10 goals on the season for the Checkers. His week began by scoring and assisting on Ryan’s game-winning goal with 7.5 left in regulation to give the Checkers a 3-2 win over the Rampage in San Antonio on Wednesday and he followed up that performance with two goals, which included the overtime winner and an assist in a 5-4 Charlotte win over the Texas Stars on Thursday night in Cedar Point.
In Friday’s game, he was initially credited with his first professional hat trick, but a scoring change credited his first goal to Ryan, with McGinn getting the primary assist on that goal. A second-round choice by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, McGinn, 21, scored three points in his first 14 NHL games with Carolina, which included a goal in his first shift against the Detroit Red Wings on October 16th.
He now becomes the fourth Checker to earn an AHL Player of the Week award in the franchise’s six seasons in the American Hockey League. The other Checkers to receive the honor were Zach Boychuk(2010-11), Dan Ellis(2012-13), and John Muse(twice in 2013-14). The Checkers will return to action on Tuesday night, as they begin a four-game homestand at Bojangles’ Coliseum with a match-up against the Iowa Wild with a 7:00 p.m. face-off.