SPRINGFIELD, MA – The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic will be held January 28-29 in Utica, NY, and on Thursday, the AHL released the names of those chosen to participate. There were 48 players selected in total, with each of the league’s four divisions being represented by 12 players.
The two-day event will begin with the 2018 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 8:00 pm ET on January 28. This event will feature the two divisions from the Western Conference taking on the two Eastern Conference divisions. The squads will battle each other in seven events, with bragging rights as the league’s most skilled conference on the line. These competitions always seem to bring out the inner child inside these talented athletes, and they are an absolute joy to watch.
The players will then split back into their four divisional teams for the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge the next night, January 29, at 7:00 pm ET. This will be an exciting 3-on-3 tournament, with each game lasting 10 minutes in length. It will begin with a round-robin portion, during which each division will take on the other three. The two divisions with the best record after round-robin play will then battle for the championship.
Here is the list of 2018 AHL All-Stars:
ATLANTIC DIVISION (EASTERN)
Head Coach: Jay Leach – Providence Bruins
Chris Bourque (LW Hershey Bears) – The 31-year-old soon-to-be Olympian has 11 goals and 28 assists in 35 games this season for Hershey.
Austin Czarnik (C Providence Bruins)- Czarnik, 25, has 28 points (9G, 19A) in 26 games for Providence, and has also tallied an assist in six games for NHL Boston.
Tanner Fritz (C/RW Bridgeport Sound Tigers)- Fritz, 26, has 10 goals and 25 assists (35 points) in 29 games for the Sound Tigers.
Alexandre Grenier (RW Springfield Thunderbirds)- The 26-year-old Grenier has appeared in 35 games for Springfield, accumulating eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points.
Danick Martel (LW Lehigh Valley Phantoms)- Martel, 23, has 26 points (17G, 9A) in 32 games for the Phantoms.
Daniel Sprong (RW W-B/Scranton Penguins)- The 20-year-old from Amsterdam has 28 points (10G, 18A) in 29 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Valentin Zykov (LW Charlotte Checkers)- Zykov is a 22-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia. He has scored 19 goals in 27 games for Charlotte.
Sebastian Aho (D Bridgeport Sound Tigers)- Aho, 21, has nine goals and 11 assists in 29 games for the Sound Tigers.
T.J. Brennan (D Lehigh Valley Phantoms)- Brennan, 28, is a plus-9 with 21 points (4G, 17A) in 27 games for Lehigh Valley.
John Gilmour (D Hartford Wolf Pack)- The 24-year-old from Montreal has 19 points (5G, 14A) in 29 games for Hartford.
Jordan Binnington (G Providence Bruins)- Binnington, 24, has a record of 9-1-0 with a goals against average(GAA) of 1.59 and save percentage of .938 in 11 appearances.
Casey DeSmith (G W-B/Scranton)- DeSmith, 26, has a record of 10-5-1 with a GAA of 2.72, and a save percentage of .911 for W-B/Scranton.
NORTH DIVISION (EASTERN)
Head Coach: Sheldon Keefe – Toronto Marlies
Reid Boucher (LW Utica Comets)- Boucher, 24, has 13 goals and 12 assists in 25 games for Utica. He also has 37 points in 115 career NHL games.
Gabriel Gagne (RW Belleville Senators)- The 21-year-old has 12 goals in 34 games for the Senators.
Kasperi Kapanen (RW Toronto Marlies)- Kapanen, 21, has 15 points (9G, 5A) in 20 games for the Marlies and has tallied two goals in six games for the Maple Leafs in 2017-18.
Bracken Kearns (C Binghamton Devils)- The 36-year-old veteran has six goals and 15 assists in 33 games for Binghamton.
Matthew Peca (C Syracuse Crunch)- Peca, 24, has 26 points (7G, 19A) in 33 games for Syracuse.
C.J. Smith (LW Rochester Americans)- The 23-year-old from Iowa has 10 goals and 20 assists in 34 games for Rochester.
Chris Terry (LW Laval Rocket)- The 28-year-old veteran has 38 points (18G, 20A) in 33 games for Laval. He has 22 goals in 152 career NHL games.
Travis Dermott (D Toronto Marlies)- Dermott, 21, is a plus-15 with 17 points (2G, 15A) in 26 games for the Marlies.
Jacob MacDonald (D Binghamton Devils)- The 24-year-old has 11 goals and 15 assists in 32 games for Binghamton.
Matt Taormina (D Laval Rocket)- Taormina, 31, has 28 points (2G, 26A) in 36 games for Laval. He has appeared in 59 career NHL games.
Thatcher Demko (G Utica Comets)- The 22-year-old has a record of 11-6-3 with a 2.41 GAA, and a save percentage of .924.
Linus Ullmark (G Rochester Americans)- The 24-year-old from Sweden has a record 15-5-1 with a GAA of 2.33, and a save percentage of .926.
CENTRAL DIVISION (WESTERN)
Head Coach: Pascal Vincent – Manitoba Moose
Vinnie Hinostroza (LW Rockford IceHogs)- The 23-year-old has 22 points (9G 13A) in 23 games for the IceHogs and has 4 points (2G, 2A) in nine appearances for NHL Chicago.
Luke Kunin (C Iowa Wild)- Kunin, 20, has seven goals and four assists in 20 games for Iowa, and has four points (2G 2A) in 17 games for NHL Minnesota.
Matt Lorito (LW Grand Rapids Griffins)- The 27-year-old has 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 games for the Griffins.
Emil Pettersson (C Milwaukee Admirals)- The 23-year-old from Sweden has accumulated 24 points (8G 16A) in 29 games.
Brandon Pirri (RW Chicago Wolves)- Pirri, 26, has 12 goals and 15 assists in 29 games for the Wolves. He has 98 points (57G, 41A) in 226 career NHL appearances.
Matt Puempel (LW Grand Rapids Griffins)- Puempel, 24, has 12 goals and 12 assists in 22 games for Grand Rapids. He also added 3 points (1G, 2A) in 5 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Jack Roslovic (C Manitoba Moose)- Roslovic, 20, has 15 goals and 20 assists in 31 games for Manitoba.
Erik Gustafsson (D Rockford IceHogs)- The 25-year-old from Sweden has accumulated 14 points (3G, 11A) in 22 appearances for the IceHogs.
Dean Kukan (D Cleveland Monsters)- Kukan is a 24-year-old Swiss defenseman, who currently has 12 points (1G, 11A) in 27 games for Cleveland.
Cameron Schilling (D Manitoba Moose)- Schilling, 29, is an impressive plus-28 with 22 points (4G, 18A) in 33 appearances for the Moose.
Michael Hutchinson (G Manitoba Moose)- Hutchinson, 27, has a record of 14-2-1 with a GAA of 1.77, and a .947 save percentage. He has 99 career NHL appearances (.910 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA).
Anders Lindbäck (G Milwaukee Admirals)- The 29-year-old from Sweden is 15-6-0 with a GAA of 2.52, and a save percentage of .921. He has made 130 NHL appearances (2.87 GAA .904 save percentage)
PACIFIC DIVISION (WESTERN)
Head Coach: Mike Van Ryn – Tucson Roadrunners
Rocco Grimaldi (C San Antonio Rampage)- Grimaldi, 24, has 19 points (12G, 7A) in 24 games for the Rampage. He has picked up 3 points (1G, 2A) in 6 games this year for NHL Colorado.
Andrew Mangiapane (LW Stockton Heat)- Mangiapane, 21, has 14 goals and 19 assists in 29 contests for Stockton this season.
Curtis McKenzie (LW Texas Stars)- The 26-year-old has 15 goals and 13 assists in 29 games for Texas. McKenzie has 22 points (10G, 12A) in 96 career games for NHL Dallas.
Nick Merkley (RW Tucson Roadrunners)- Merkley, 20, has 15 goals and 15 assists in just 24 contests for Tucson.
Ty Rattie (RW Bakersfield Condors)- The 24-year-old Rattie has 22 points (11G, 11A) in 31 games for the Condors.
Dylan Strome (C Tucson Roadrunners)- Strome, 20, has 11 goals and 19 assists in only 19 games this year for Tucson.
Brett Sutter (D Ontario Reign)- Sutter, 30, is a plus-2 with six goals and six assists in 30 games for Ontario. He is the son of longtime NHL coach Darryl Sutter (LA, CGY, SJ, CHI).
Rasmus Andersson (D Stockton Heat)- The 21-year-old from Sweden has 19 points (3G 16A) and is a plus-14 in 26 appearances for the Heat.
Jordan Schmaltz (D San Antonio Rampage)- Schmaltz, 24, is a plus-9 with five goals and 14 assists in 26 contests for San Antonio.
Andy Welinski (D San Diego Gulls)- The 24-year-old from Minnesota has 21 points (6G, 15A) in 24 games for the Gulls.
Antoine Bibeau (G San Jose Barracuda)- Bibeau, 23, has a record of 8-7-0, with a GAA of 2.37 and a .916 save percentage in 17 appearances for San Jose.
Cal Petersen (G Ontario Reign)- The 23-year-old rookie from Waterloo, Iowa has a record of 8-6-0, with a .920 save percentage and a GAA of 2.34.
Tickets for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic are still available, and range from $39-99. Tickets are good for both days, and may be purchased at the Adirondack Bank Center box office, or empirestatetix.com.