Subban’s efforts rewarded by AHL

Hamilton Bulldogs’ defenceman P.K. Subban has been named to the 2009-2010 American Hockey League All-Rookie Team. The team consists of one goaltender, two defencemen, and three forwards and was voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the 29 member cities.

The 20-year-old Subban leads all Bulldog’s defencemen in points with 52 (18 goals, 34 assists) and leads all AHL rookie defencemen in both goals and points. The native of Toronto ranks first among all league rookies with 11 power-play goals and is tied for first in the AHL with a plus-43 rating.

Subban, 5-foot-10, 195-pounds, participated in this year’s All-Star Classic and played in his first two National Hockey League games with the parent Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 12 and 13, recording an assist in each game. Montreal’s second-round, 43rd overall, selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft has also set franchise records for goals, power-play goals, and points by a Bulldogs’ defenceman in a single season.

Subban is the Bulldogs fifth player and fourth defenceman named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in the franchise’s 14 year history. Craig Millar was named to the team in the 1996-97 season; Mike Komisarek in the 2002-03 season; Yannick Weber in the 2008-09 season; and goaltender Jaroslav Halak in the 2006-07 season.

This season’s All-Rookie Team also includes Worcester Sharks’ goaltender Alex Stalock, Hershey Bears’ defenceman John Carlson, Worcester Sharks’ forward Logan Couture, Peoria Rivermen forward Lars Eller, and Portland Pirates’ forward Tyler Ennis.

Each team member will receive a custom designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.

The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum to try and earn their franchise record 50th win of the season when they host their archrivals, the Toronto Marlies, in the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Game on Thursday (April 1) at 7:30 p.m.