Like any mid-season exhibition, this weekend's 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic is a unique opportunity for some of the game's best prospects to congregate in a relaxed environment.
"I'm honored to go represent our team," Eakins, the Toronto Marlies coach who will appear in the game for the second consecutive year, said. "But selfishly, I haven't been able to see Luke a whole lot lately. I'm really looking forward to hanging out and catching up."
The American Hockey League's All-Star Game, which takes place Jan. 28 in Providence, RI, should be the perfect place for the two longtime defensemen to rekindle a friendship that began almost 30 years ago with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.