Denis makes his Marc as AHL player of the week

Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Marc Denis has been named the American Hockey League’s Player of the Week. Denis stopped 96 of 99 shots in three starts last week, going 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage.

Denis began the week by shutting down the high-powered Hershey Bears, stopping all 37 shots in a 6-0 win on Oct. 29. Two nights later, he turned aside 29 shots as Hamilton posted a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Monsters. And on Nov. 2, Denis made 30 saves and held down the fort in the shootout as the Bulldogs edged Toronto, 2-1.

In recognition of his achievement, Denis will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Bulldogs home game.

A former first-round draft choice of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche, Denis has a record of 7-1-0 in nine appearances with Hamilton this season, leading the AHL in wins. He also ranks fifth with a 1.84 GAA, second with a 945 save percentage and tied for the league lead with two shutouts.

The Montreal native has appeared in 348 career NHL games with Colorado, Columbus and Tampa Bay, earning 112 victories and posting 16 shutouts. Denis, who signed as a free agent with Montreal in July, has a record of 55-64-11 in 140 career AHL outings and was a member of Hershey’s Calder Cup championship team in 1997.