Gourde Named AHL Player of the Month

(AHL Press Release)

The American Hockey League announced today that Syracuse Crunch left wing Yanni Gourde, Hamilton Bulldogs center Charles Hudon and Springfield Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg have been selected as the CCM/AHL award winners for November.

Gourde, the CCM/AHL Player of the Month, tallied nine goals and nine assists for 18 points along with a plus-13 rating in 13 games for the Crunch during November.

After recording just one assist in eight games during October, Gourde led the entire AHL in scoring in November, beginning with an assist on the go-ahead goal in the Crunch’s 6-3 win at Binghamton on Nov. 1. Gourde notched his first two goals of the season in the third period of a 5-4 win over Norfolk on Nov. 8, helping the Crunch rally from a three-goal deficit, and also had two-goal games on Nov. 15 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Nov. 19 at Hartford, both sparking come-from-behind wins as well. Gourde tallied the game-winning goal in the Crunch’s 2-1 win over Utica at the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic inside the Carrier Dome on Nov. 22, and registered his first three-point night of the year with a goal and two assists against the Comets on Nov. 26.

Gourde leads Syracuse with nine goals and is tied for the team lead with 19 points while skating in all 21 games this season. The 22-year-old native of Saint-Narcisse, Que., signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay on Mar. 10, 2014, and has totaled 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 122 career AHL games with Syracuse and Worcester. Gourde played junior hockey with Victoriaville in the QMJHL, where he won a scoring title and most valuable player honors in 2011-12.

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