The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 4, 2009

Chiefs' Shields earns ECHL rookie honors

JOHNSTOWN — Connor Shields earned ECHL Rookie of the Month for November, becoming only the second Johnstown Chiefs player to claim the rookie honors in 22 seasons.

The league announced the monthly winner on Friday.

Shields didn't slow down either. He converted on a two-on-1 rush with linemate Ryan Menei at 17:53 of the first period in Friday's game against Wheeling at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The 25-year-old tied for the ECHL lead with nine goals in November, while his 13 points during the month tied him with his other linemate, Troy Schwab. Shields also had five power-play goals, eight power-play points and a plus-4 rating in November.

The former Dartmouth College player had a pair of five-game point streaks and six multiple-point games. Two of those were two-goal games.

He is among the rookie scoring leaders in goals, assists and points.

Shields joins former Chiefs goaltender David Currie as Johnstown's ECHL Rookie of the Month winners. Currie won the award in January 2003.

The Chiefs also have had four ECHL Player of the Month winners since the award began in 1995-96. Those are Trevor Jobe (November 1995), Eric Schneider (December 2001), Dominic Forget (March 2003) and Randy Rowe (April 2008).

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