Cory Conacher, an undrafted free agent out of Canisius College, was named the American Hockey League Most Valuable Player on Friday. The left winger for the Norfolk Admirals is the 2011-2012 winner of the Les Cunningham Award after a vote by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities.
Conacher signed an AHL contract with Norfolk following training camp and inked a two-year NHL deal with Tampa Bay on Mar. 1. A 22-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., he becomes the fourth rookie to win the award.
Conacher ranked second in the AHL with 35 goals and 75 points, tied for second with 14 power-play goals and tied for third with seven game-winning tallies for league-leading Norfolk heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
He has recorded a point in 51 of his 72 games played, with the Admirals 40-11-0-0 in those contests.
On the ice, meanwhile, the Rochester Americans got two goals from Marcus Foligno to beat Syracuse, 5-1, in the Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks (35-26-10) broke the game open with three goals in the second period.