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Andrew Mangiapane Named CCM/AHL Player of the Month of October

Stockton, Calif. – The American Hockey League announced today that Stockton Heat forward Andrew Mangiapane has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month of October after recording 15 points in his first nine games, which leads the AHL.

Mangiapane, 21, has recorded at least a point in each of the nine-games the Heat played during October, recording five goals and 10 assists for 15 points to go with a plus-10 rating. His nine-game points streak is the longest in the AHL to start the season and is one-game away from tying Mark Jankowski’s Heat team record of 10-straight games with a point established during the 2016-17 season.

“He was consistent, and you can tell by his points,” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said. “Every night he was a factor in our scoring and helped generate and garner a little momentum for our group early on. I think the confidence he gained allows him to feel really good about where he’s at now.  He’s been excellent for us and we’re looking for him to continue into November.”

Mangiapane sits on top of the entire AHL in points and shares the league lead in assists while ranking tied for second in plus/minus rating. His eight-game assist streak is also the longest in the American Hockey League this season and also puts him in sole possession of the longest such streak in Heat team history.

His 15-point month of October is third-best statistical month by a Heat skater, one point behind Jankowski’s 16-point month during 13 games played in March 2017 (9-7-16), and four points back of Derek Grant’s 19-point month of January during the 2015-16 season (10-9-19) that saw the centerman play in 10 of the Heat’s 11 games that month.  Jankowski would be named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for his 16-point month while Grant was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month during his terrific month, making Mangiapane the third ever Heat player to be recognized for a monthly league award.

The Bolton, Ontario native was a sixth-round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft and is coming off a rookie season in which he tallied 20 goals and 21 assists in 66 contests for Stockton. Mangiapaneplayed three seasons for Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League and was a Second Team OHL All-Star after notching 51 goals and 106 points in 2015-16.

He joins fellow October winners Mike Vecchione of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms who was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month and Utica Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko, who was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month.

Mangiapane, Vecchione and Demko will each be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game in recognition of their achievement.

The Heat return home Friday to host the Manitoba Moose at 7:00 p.m. for Fry Day, presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s. Fans that eat at a participating McDonald’s location on Thursday or Friday can bring their receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office to redeem a buy one, get one free ticket! Fans can also donate new or gently used coats or blankets to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office on Friday, whith those who donate receiving a FREE ticket to Friday’s game.

Then on Saturday, November 4, the Heat host the Texas Stars at 6:00 p.m. for Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Through a proceed of ticket sales, silent auction and jersey sales, we’ll look to raise funds for a new Linear Accelerator machine, which destroys cancer cells. Purchase the Stockton Heat Hockey Fights Cancer promo pack featuring a pair of tickets to the game along with two limited edition Heat Hockey Fights Cancer beanies for just $45!

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Mangiapane’s Big Month

It’s been a heckuva month for Andrew Mangiapane.

Ever since opening the scoring for the Heat this season, Mangiapane hasn’t looked back and now leads not only the Heat, but the American Hockey League with five goals and 10 assists.

“I put in a lot of work this summer, going on the ice and working out,” Mangiapane said. “It’s always nice when the hard work pays off, but you don’t really focus on that and instead try to help the team win as much as I can and try and compete every night.”

And there’s no question that Mangiapane is competing every night as he’s also the only player in the AHL to have points in every one of his team’s games to start the season, pacing the league with a nine-game streak.

He’s now one point and game away from tying Mark Jankowski for the longest point streak in Heat team history. Jankowski put in five goals and seven points during a 10-game run last season from March 12 through April 5.

“The streaks are cool looking back at them but you don’t focus on them when they’re happening,” Mangiapane said. “You’re just going out there every day and trying to provide two points for the team. That’s what I focus on, and when the points come they come.”

Heat head coach Ryan Huska is thrilled that Mangiapane has started the season right where he left off during his rookie season.

“He has confidence and that is the one thing you do notice with Andrew,” said Huska. “He is always around the puck and he wants it, which is the sign of a player that feels good about his game.”

“Hopefully he can continue this way, because it has been working for us.”

Having played the majority of the season with Jankowski as his pivot and fellow winger Garnet Hathaway, seeing Jankowski get an opportunity to play for the Flames has encouraged Mangiapane to push even harder and hope for his own chance to be called up.

“You don’t know when the call will come or if it will come, so you just have to keep working hard,” Mangiapane said. “It’s definitely nice to see a fellow linemate get an opportunity like Janko has.”

“I know Hath and I are very happy for him.”

It would have been natural to think that after Jankowski’s departure from the top line of the Heat that production would have curtailed but that hasn’t been the case. In the three games last week without Jankowski in the middle, Mangiapane paced the team with five points (two goals, three assists).

Mangiapane, New AHL Scoring Leader

Andrew Mangiapane (4-8-12) added a goal and an assist last night for the Stockton Heat, giving him the AHL lead in points. Mangiapane has now recorded at least one point in all seven games this season for the Stockton Heat.

The second-year winger continued his strong to the season start last night, despite linemate Mark Jankowski’s departure to Calgary. Mangiapane and Garnet Hathaway did not skip a beat with Brett Findlay slotted in between the two in the 4-3 shootout loss last night in San Diego. Mangiapane had a hand in two of three goals and also scored in the first round of the shootout.

Mangiapane’s third period assist punched his name into the Stockton Heat record books, making him the first player in club history to record an assist in six consecutive games. The 21-year-old passed Colby Robak and Linden Vey on the list, and he now stands alone in Heat history.