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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals right wing Max Gortz has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Gortz tallied five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 13 games for Milwaukee during the month.

Gortz entered December without a point in his last four games, but broke through with a goal vs. Manitoba on Dec. 1. He later had a six-game scoring streak from Dec. 18-29, highlighted by three separate three-point games. Gortz scored twice and added an assist in a 7-5 win over Manitoba on Dec. 19, and then on consecutive nights he scored the game-winning goal and picked up two assists each in victories over Chicago on Dec. 28 and Grand Rapids on Dec. 29.

In his first season of play in North America, Gortz has recorded nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 31 games for Milwaukee, good for second on the team in scoring. Gortz is tied for the AHL lead among rookies with six power-play goals, and owns a share of the overall league lead with four game-winning tallies. A 22-year-old native of Hoor, Sweden, Gortz was a sixth-round selection by Nashville in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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

Also see: Past winners, AHL Rookie of the Month


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