Jankowski notched nine goals and seven assists for 16 points and recorded a plus-12 rating in 13 games for Stockton in March. The centerman also established a new Heat record with points in nine-straight games (4-6-10) dating back to March 12.
“Mark has been a guy who’s been at the top of our chance list while also not being on the ice for chances against which is a pretty impressive stat when you look at the lines and players he has to play against,” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said. “He’s done an excellent job for us this month and it’s great that he’s being rewarded for it.”
Jankowski tallied two goals and an assist in the Heat’s 6-2 win over Ontario on March 1 and registered a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over San Jose on March 4. He scored twice and recorded a game-high nine shots on goal in a 4-0 win over Bakersfield on March 8, and picked up a goal and an assist to help the Heat past San Jose, 7-4, on March 17. His power-play goal at Texas on March 24 sparked a four-goal rally and lifted Stockton over the Stars, 5-4, and he closed out the month with an assist in a 3-2 win at San Antonio on March 31.
Jankowski, 22, leads all AHL rookies in goals (26) and ranks second in points (51) in 59 games played for Stockton this season. The native of St. Catharines, Ont., represented the Heat at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross and made his National Hockey League debut with Calgary on Nov. 28, 2016, in a game against the New York Islanders. Jankowski was a first-round choice (21st overall) by the Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and won a national championship at Providence College in 2015.
The rookie forward continues to put himself in the Heat history books as he was the first player to record a hat trick in team history (January 20), has tied the team record for most points in a single game with four (January 20 – 3-1-4), he’s just the fifth rookie to play for the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate to score over 20 goals in a single season since 2005-06 and is approaching team records for most goals in a single season (Derek Grant – 27) and points in a single season (Kenny Agostino – 57).
Jankowski is the first Heat player to be named the Rookie of the Month and second ever player to be named to an AHL monthly award, joining Derek Grant who was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month of January during the 2015-16 season. The last time a member of the Calgary Flames AHL Affiliate to be named the Rookie of the Month was Markus Granlund while playing for the Abbotsford Heat during the month of February in the 2013-14 season.
Jankowski will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming home game in recognition of his achievement.
Jankowski and the Heat play six more games in the regular season as they try to push for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division with five of the last six games played at Stockton Arena. Join the team as they host the San Diego Gulls this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for Family Day presented by Sutter Health and 99.3 KJOY where fans can purchase the Heat Pride Pack, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas starting at just $39.
Then it’s Oliver Kylington Bobblehead Night on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. where the first 500 fans 12-years-old and under will take home a bobblehead of Heat defenseman Oliver Kylington.
The final Family Day of the regular season is on April 12 at 7:00 p.m. where the first 500 fans will receive a Mark Jankowski photo card commemorating his incredible achievement back on January 20 where he recorded the first hat trick in Stockton Heat history. The Heat end the season on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 with a potential showdown for the final playoff spot with the Bakersfield Condors on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Secure your tickets now as the Heat push for the playoffs by calling 209.373.1500 or visit StocktonHeat.com and book your tickets today!