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Monarchs goalie forgets roots while on loan Weekes loved playing in Swiss tournament; AHL notebook

Kevin Weekes called it his best experience in hockey, playing for the Rochester Amerks in a tournament in Switzerland over Christmas, then thought about the political correctness of his statement. "The best except for playing in a preseason NHL game with Florida," said the goalie of the Carolina Monarchs, sheepishly.

To review, Weekes was on loan to Rochester for the Spengler Cup competition and he did yeoman work, being named the MVP of the eight-team tournament in which the U.S. representative finished second to Canada.

"It was my first time in Europe, my first chance to play internationally and both exceeded my expectations," he said. "The...