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Akil Thomas Named AHL Player of the Week

Mar 25, 2024
Written By: Ontario Reign

The American Hockey League announced today that Ontario Reign forward Akil Thomas has been selected as the Howies Hockey Tape/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 24, 2024.

Thomas notched four goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating and recorded all three game-winning goals during Ontario’s perfect 3-0-0 week.

On Wednesday evening, Thomas scored the go-ahead goal with 3:36 left in regulation and added an assist to lift Ontario to a 4-1 win over Tucson. On Friday, he set up the tying goal in the third period before scoring his first career overtime winner, giving the Reign a 2-1 victory over Calgary. And on Sunday, Thomas scored twice more as Ontario defeated Bakersfield, 4-3.

A fourth-year pro, Thomas has set career highs with 21 goals, 21 assists and 42 points in 60 games for Ontario this season, including a league-best nine game-winning tallies, after missing most of the 2022-23 campaign due to injury. The 24-year-old Toronto native has skated in 153 career AHL games with the Reign, totaling 45 goals and 44 assists for 89 points. Thomas was a second-round choice by the LA Kings in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Thomas and the Reign are back in action Wednesday night in San Jose for a matchup with the Barracuda at Tech CU Arena beginning at 7 p.m. PT. The team returns to Toyota Arena on Saturday for a battle against Bakersfield at 6 p.m.

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