SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star rosters for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to take place Jan. 27-28 in Providence, R.I.
Each team comprises 24 players: 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
The 2013 squads feature 33 first-time AHL All-Stars, 12 rookies and 12 former first- and second-round draft choices, including standouts Jason Zucker of the Houston Aeros, Tyler Toffoli of the Manchester Monarchs, Beau Bennett of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Tim Erixon of the Springfield Falcons, David Rundblad of the Portland Pirates and Nino Niederreiter of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Luke Richardson of the Binghamton Senators and Jon Cooper of the Syracuse Crunch will coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team; Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies and Jeff Daniels of the Charlotte Checkers will guide the Western Conference club.
Beginning Friday and until Jan. 24, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the starting lineups for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game by visiting facebook.com/theahl and completing the official CCM AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. Voters will also be entered to win prizes of a team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star stick (two) and team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star commemorative programs (10).
Tickets for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting www.providencebruins.com. All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.
|2013 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team|
|Robin Lehner, Binghamton Senators||Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons|
|Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons||Beau Bennett, W-B/Scranton Penguins|
|Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins||Alexandre Bolduc, Portland Pirates|
|Chris Bourque, Providence Bruins|
|Defensemen||Bobby Butler, Albany Devils|
|Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch||Peter Holland, Norfolk Admirals|
|Andre Benoit, Binghamton Senators||Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch|
|Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers||Tim Kennedy, Worcester Sharks|
|Tim Erixon, Springfield Falcons||Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale|
|Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack Phantoms||Nino Niederreiter, Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|Tomas Kundratek, Hershey Bears||Richard Panik, Syracuse Crunch|
|Zach Redmond, St. John’s IceCaps||Tyler Toffoli, Manchester Monarchs|
|David Rundblad, Portland Pirates||Trent Whitfield, Providence Bruins ("C")|
|2013 AHL Western Conference All-Star Team|
|Barry Brust, Abbotsford Heat||Andrew Agozzino, Lake Erie Monsters|
|Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins||Mark Arcobello, Oklahoma City Barons|
|Justin Peters, Charlotte Checkers||Matt Fraser, Texas Stars|
|Brendan Gallagher, Hamilton Bulldogs|
|Defensemen||Ryan Hamilton, Toronto Marlies|
|Victor Bartley, Milwaukee Admirals||Quintin Laing, Abbotsford Heat ("C")|
|Chad Billins, Grand Rapids Griffins||Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins|
|Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs||Kevin Porter, Rochester Americans|
|Mark Cundari, Peoria Rivermen||Martin St. Pierre, Rockford IceHogs|
|Michal Jordan, Charlotte Checkers||Mike Sgarbossa, Lake Erie Monsters|
|Mike Kostka, Toronto Marlies||Drew Shore, San Antonio Rampage|
|Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans||Brett Sterling, Chicago Wolves|
|Jamie Oleksiak, Texas Stars||Jason Zucker, Houston Aeros|