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AHL announces All-Star roster changes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today several roster changes for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, set for this Sunday and Monday in Syracuse, N.Y.

Added to the AHL All-Star rosters are Portland Pirates defenseman Cameron Gaunce and Providence Bruins forward Alexander Khokhlachev (Atlantic Division); St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Morgan Ellis (North Division); Manitoba Moose goaltender Eric Comrie, Rockford IceHogs forward Jake Dowell and Lake Erie Monsters forward T.J. Tynan (Central Division); and Ontario Reign forward Sean Backman and San Jose Barracuda forward Ryan Carpenter (Pacific Division).

In addition, the AHL announced that Bridgeport forward Joe Whitney, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Derrick Pouliot, St. John’s defenseman Mark Barberio, Manitoba goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Lake Erie forward Kerby Rychel, Milwaukee forward Vladislav Kamenev, Ontario forward Michael Mersch and Texas forward Travis Morin will all be unavailable for the event.

The 2016 All-Star rosters now feature 41 first-time participants, nine AHL rookies and 18 former first- and second-round NHL draft choices. In addition, 24 of this year’s All-Stars have appeared in a National Hockey League game already this season.

A limited number of tickets for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic are still available. They can be purchased either in person at the Syracuse Crunch office located in the War Memorial Arena at 800 South State Street in Syracuse or by calling (315) 473-4444, through all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available by visiting the Syracuse Crunch office or by phone at (315) 473-4444. The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Crouse Hinds Theater at 11 a.m. on Feb. 1, will feature the induction of Bruce Cline, Ralph Keller, Jean-Francois Labbe and Bruce Landon as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and will also celebrate honorary All-Star Classic captains Michael Peca and Scott Walker.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse will be televised live to an international audience on Sunday, Jan. 31 (8 p.m. ET) and Monday, Feb. 1 (7 p.m. ET) and will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: Of the 679 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 94 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Jiri Hudler, Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Miller, Gustav Nyquist, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.

In operation since 1936 and celebrating its 80th-anniversary season in 2015-16, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.
 

Atlantic Division All-Stars
 Coach
Jay
Leach

 G
Matt
Murray

 G
Anthony
Stolarz
 D
Connor
Carrick
 D
Cameron
Gaunce
 D
Ryan
Graves
 D
Ryan
Pulock
 F
Chris
Bourque
 F
Nick
Cousins
 F
Seth
Griffith
 F
Dustin
Jeffrey
 F
Alexander
Khokhlachev
 F
Rob
Schremp
 F
Dominik
Simon


North Division All-Stars
 Coach
Sheldon
Keefe
 G
Yann
Danis

 G
Kristers
Gudlevskis

 D
T.J.
Brennan
 D
Morgan
Ellis
 D
Michael
Kostka
 D
Matt
Taormina
 F
Mike
Angelidis
 F
Josh
Leivo
 F
Michael
McCarron
 F
William
Nylander
 F
Cal
O’Reilly
 F
Hunter
Shinkaruk
 F
Mike
Sislo

 

Central Division All-Stars
 Coach
Dean
Evason
 G
Eric
Comrie

 G
Michael
Leighton

 D
Andre
Benoit
 D
Trevor
Carrick
 D
Gustav
Olofsson
 D
Xavier
Ouellet
 F
Pat
Cannone
 F
Jake
Dowell
 F
Frederick
Gaudreau
 F
Ryan
Hartman
 F
Jeff
Hoggan
 F
Derek
Ryan
 F
T.J.
Tynan

 

Pacific Division All-Stars
 Coach
Mike
Stothers
 G
Laurent
Brossoit

 G
Peter
Budaj

 D
Brad
Hunt
 D
Esa
Lindell
 D
Vincent
LoVerde
 D
Brandon
Montour
 F
Sean
Backman
 F
Ryan
Carpenter
 F
Barclay
Goodrow
 F
Derek
Grant
 F
Brendan
Ranford
 F
Mikko
Rantanen
 F
Nick
Ritchie