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Rosters announced for AHL All-Star Classic

January 7, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the playing rosters for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, to take place January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 13 players: seven forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 31 (8 p.m. ET) will keep its traditional format, with All-Stars from the Eastern Conference squaring off against All-Stars from the Western Conference in seven skills events.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge will take place on the evening of Feb. 1 (7 p.m. ET); instead of a traditional 60-minute game, the AHL’s All-Stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league’s divisions (Atlantic, North, Central, Pacific). The teams will then play a round-robin tournament featuring six games of nine minutes each; the first half of each game will be played at 4-on-4, and the second half at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin tournament will face off for the championship, a six-minute game played at 3-on-3.

The 2016 rosters feature 38 first-time AHL All-Stars, nine rookies and 10 former first-round draft choices, including standouts William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies, Michael McCarron of the St. John’s IceCaps, Nick Ritchie of the San Diego Gulls and Mikko Rantanen of the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, 23 of the All-Stars named have appeared in the National Hockey League already this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins associate coach Jay Leach, Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason and Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers will serve as coaches for the event.

Tickets for the two-day 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased either in person at the Syracuse Crunch office located in the War Memorial Arena at 800 South State Street in Syracuse, by calling (315) 473-4444 or through all Ticketmaster outlets.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse 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 93 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
Ryan
Graves
 D
Derrick
Pouliot
 D
Ryan
Pulock
 F
Chris
Bourque
 F
Nick
Cousins
 F
Seth
Griffith
 F
Dustin
Jeffrey
 F
Rob
Schremp
 F
Dominik
Simon
 F
Joe
Whitney


North Division All-Stars
 Coach
Sheldon
Keefe
 G
Yann
Danis

 G
Kristers
Gudlevskis

 D
Mark
Barberio
 D
T.J.
Brennan
 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
Connor
Hellebuyck

 G
Michael
Leighton

 D
Andre
Benoit
 D
Trevor
Carrick
 D
Gustav
Olofsson
 D
Xavier
Ouellet
 F
Pat
Cannone
 F
Frederick
Gaudreau
 F
Ryan
Hartman
 F
Jeff
Hoggan
 F
Vladislav
Kamenev
 F
Derek
Ryan
 F
Kerby
Rychel


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
Barclay
Goodrow
 F
Derek
Grant
 F
Michael
Mersch
 F
Travis
Morin
 F
Brendan
Ranford
 F
Mikko
Rantanen
 F
Nick
Ritchie