Andrew Clark Called Up to AHL
Forward Andrew Clark has been called up to the AHL for the first time in his career by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Stockton, Calif. â€“
Stockton, Calif. â€“The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Stockton Thunderâ€™s AHL affiliate, have signed Thunder forward Andrew Clark to a Professional Try-Out contract (PTO) Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Kromm announced Thursday. Itâ€™s Clarkâ€™s first career call-up to the AHL.
The move comes days after Clark, 25, was named the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for his performance registering 8 points in 2 games. Clark leads the Thunder in all three major scoring categories with 10 goals, 16 assists and 26 points. Clark also leads the team in multi-goal games with three as well as in shots on goal with 77.
â€śHe definitely deserves a call-up and a chance to show what he can do,â€ť said Kromm. â€śHeâ€™s played in every situation for us and has been a key guy for us. Obviously, he had a big weekend last weekend, so a well deserved opportunity for Andrew.â€ť
Clarkâ€™s big weekend boosted him to seventh in the league for most points this season. The Brandon, Manitoba native also leads the league in points and assists by a rookie player. To top it off, Clarkâ€™s 5-point outing against the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday ties him for most points by a player in a single game this season with Alaskaâ€™s Peter Sivak.
A former junior player with the WHLâ€™s Brandon Wheat Kings, Clark also spent four-years at Acadia University in the CIS where he won the 2012 â€śSenator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophyâ€ť awarded to the CIS player of the year, in his junior season. After graduating, he joined the Thunder late in the 2012-13 regular season putting up 5 points in 4 games before helping lead the team to the Kelly Cup Final as the Thunderâ€™s second-leading scorer.
Clark has spent this season as the Thunderâ€™s top-line center, and the loss of the 5â€™11â€ť 186-pound forward leaves a big hole in the line-up for coach Kromm to fill.
â€śItâ€™s exciting for all of us to see guys get opportunities, but now we have to have other people step into different roles and the lines will get juggled a little bit.â€ť Kromm said. â€śItâ€™s an opportunity for other players as always to get more chances and play in situations that they maybe havenâ€™t been playing in.â€ť