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AHL All-Star Game set for Jan. 31

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 3:17 PM / AHL Update

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AHL All-Star Game set for Jan. 31
The AHL is marking its 75th anniversary with the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 30 and 31.
The AHL is marking its 75th anniversary with the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 30 and 31.

The AHL Skills Competition will take place on Jan. 30 at 3 p.m., to be followed by the AHL Post-Skills Party from 6-10 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony kicks off the activities on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., with the AHL All-Star Game to be played at 7 p.m.

TSN will broadcast the Skills Competition and All-Star Game live in Canada, while several local outlets (Comcast SportsNet, MSG, Fox SportsNet) will televise the events in the United States.

Here are the Eastern Conference and Western Conference rosters for the All-Star Game:

Eastern Conference

Goaltenders
x-Brad Thiessen, W-B/Scranton
Braden Holtby, Hershey
Martin Jones, Manchester

Defensemen
x-Lawrence Nycholat, Hershey
x-Mark Wotton, Bridgeport (captain)
Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack
Steven Kampfer, Providence
John Moore, Springfield
Bryan Rodney, Charlotte
Drew Schiestel, Portland
Viatcheslav Voynov, Manchester

Forwards
x-Jonathan Cheechoo, Worcester
x-Andrew Gordon, Hershey
x-Corey Locke, Binghamton
Luke Adam, Portland
Matt Anderson, Albany
Bobby Butler, Binghamton
Johan Harju, Norfolk
Dustin Jeffrey, W-B/Scranton
Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse
Rhett Rakhshani, Bridgeport
Jerome Samson, Charlotte
Jeremy Williams, Connecticut

x-starter

Head Coach: Mark French, Hershey
Assistant Coach: Troy Mann, Hershey
Athletic Trainer: Dan Stuck, Hershey
Equipment Manager: Justin Kullman, Hershey


Western Conference

Goaltenders
x-Jake Allen, Peoria
Mark Dekanich, Milwaukee
Curtis Sanford, Hamilton

Defensemen
x-Paul Postma, Chicago
x-Garrett Stafford, San Antonio
T.J. Brodie, Abbotsford
Brian Connelly, Rockford
Maxim Noreau, Houston
Nathan Oystrick, Peoria
Brendan Smith, Grand Rapids
Clay Wilson, Rochester

Forwards
x-David Desharnais, Hamilton
x-Alexandre Giroux, Oklahoma City (captain)
x-Travis Morin, Texas
Joey Crabb, Toronto
Linus Klasen, Milwaukee
Spencer Machacek, Chicago
Brett MacLean, San Antonio
Linus Omark, Oklahoma City
Max Pacioretty, Hamilton
Michal Repik, Rochester
Sergei Shirokov, Manitoba
Ryan Stoa, Lake Erie

Co-Coach: John Hynes, W-B/Scranton
Co-Coach: Jared Bednar, Peoria
Athletic Trainer: Kent Weisbeck, Rochester
Equipment Manager: Ralph Calvanese, Springfield
Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp