February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - San Diego Gulls
SAN DIEGO ¬ó The San Diego Gulls have announced that Max Birbraer has been named the Kristy¬ís MVP/Stewart Benjamin Jewelry Player of the Month for February. Birbraer will be presented the award in a pre-game ceremony before Saturday¬ís game against the Fresno Falcons.
Birbraer led the team in February with 13 points and tied Guillaume Fournier and Sean O¬íConnor for the club lead with five goals. During San Diego¬ís 14 games in the month, Birbraer notched a point in nine contests. He also had three multi-point games, including a three-assist night Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Victoria.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound native of Kamenogorski, Kazakhstan is tied overall on the Gulls with a career-high 41 points (15g, 26a). Birbraer is third on the team with 15 goals and second with 26 assists. He¬ís also second on the club with three game-winning goals.
Birbraer, 23, spent the majority of last season with the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League, posting a previous career high of 30 points (16g, 14a) in 44 games. He also notched five points (3g, 2a) during the Bucks¬í run to the 2003-04 CHL title. During his five-year professional career, which includes four years in the American Hockey League, Birbraer has recorded 111 points (50g and 61a) in 259 games.
He was a third-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and was signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers in 2003. He is the first Israeli to ever be drafted by an NHL team.
The Gulls go back on the road for a brief two-game trip Wednesday in Bakersfield and Friday in Fresno. Both games begin at 7 p.m. San Diego returns home Saturday against the Falcons, with game-time set for 7:05 p.m. It will be Disco Night and the first 6,000 fans in attendance will receive a special Gulls disco wig.
All games can be heard live on KLSD 1360AM and www.sandiegogulls.com with Chris Ello calling the play-by-play. All home games and most remaining road games can be viewed on the Gulls¬í web site, courtesy of B2 Networks. Click the B2 Networks link on the home page for a list of the upcoming telecasted games. To view pictures from this season, visit www.sdgullsphotos.com and www.zerodogentertainment.com.