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All-Star roster changes, starters named

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today several rosters changes for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, set for this Sunday and Monday in Utica, N.Y. 

Added to the Eastern Conference AHL All-Star roster are Hershey Bears defenseman Connor Carrick, Syracuse Crunch forward Jonathan Marchessault, Binghamton Senators forward Shane Prince and Albany Devils forward Paul Thompson

Joining the Western Conference AHL All-Star roster are Milwaukee Admirals forward Brendan Leipsic, Rockford IceHogs forward Mark McNeill, Oklahoma City Barons forward Andrew Miller and San Antonio Rampage defenseman Alex Petrovic

In addition, the AHL announced that Syracuse defenseman Nikita Nesterov, Manchester forwards Brian O’Neill and Nick Shore, Providence forward David Pastrnak, San Antonio forward Bobby Butler, Oklahoma City forward Anton Lander, Rockford forward Joakim Nordstrom and Grand Rapids defenseman Xavier Ouellet will all be unavailable for the event. 

The AHL also announced the results of the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic Fan Balloting presented by CCM, as league fans voted to determine the starting lineups for Monday night’s 2015 AHL All-Star Game: 

Eastern Conference 
G – Anton Forsberg, Springfield 
D – Austin Madaisky, Springfield 
D – Derrick Pouliot, W-B/Scranton 
F – Chris Bourque, Hartford 
F – Tom Kostopoulos, W-B/Scranton 
F – Vladislav Namestnikov, Syracuse 

Western Conference 
G – Jacob Markstrom, Utica 
D – T.J. Brennan, Rockford 
D – Bobby Sanguinetti, Utica 
F – Connor Brown, Toronto 
F – Cal O’Reilly, Utica 
F – Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids 

A very limited number of tickets remain available for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino. They can be purchased in person at the Utica Memorial Auditorium box office (10-4 ET), by phone at 800-693-8000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the two-day event are priced as low as $69 and include admission to both the All-Star Skills Competition at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 and the All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26

In addition, complimentary tickets for the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony are available by visiting the Turning Stone Resort Casino box office (10 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET) or by phone at 877-833-7469. The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, to be held in The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, will feature the induction of Frederic Cassivi, James C. Hendy, Bronco Horvath and Art Stratton as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and will also celebrate honorary All-Star Classic captains Bill Guerin and Eric Weinrich. 

The 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: Of the 644 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 BergeronBen BishopRyan CallahanZdeno CharaLogan CoutureJimmy HowardChris KunitzRyan MillerGustav NyquistZach PariseTuukka RaskPekka RinneBobby RyanMartin St. LouisCory SchneiderPatrick SharpJason SpezzaEric Staal and P.K. Subban.