|NORFOLK, Virginia - The American Hockey League (AHL) today announced the rosters for the AHL All-Star Classic, and the Norfolk Admirals lead the League with four player selections. Troy Brouwer and Martin St. Pierre have been named to the Canadian AHL All-Star Team while Brandon Bochenski and Dustin Byfuglien will lace up the skates for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on January 28 and 29. |
Bochenski was one of only ten players voted into the starting lineup through fan voting on theahl.com. The 24-year-old Blaine, Minnesota native ranks second in the AHL in goals and third in points while leading the Admirals in both categories. In 29 games with Norfolk, he has 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points and 21 penalty minutes. The 6'0", 193-pound right wing also has two goals and two penalty minutes during ten games with the Admirals' National Hockey League (NHL) parent club, the Chicago Blackhawks, this season.
Bochenski set a new Norfolk Admirals franchise record scoring streak with points in 14 consecutive games (12g, 19a) from November 12 to December 29. He also tied an AHL record by scoring hat tricks in back-to-back games on December 30 in Hershey and last Wednesday at Scope against Hershey. He will look for his third consecutive hat trick on Friday night against the Albany River Rats at Scope.
In 137 career regular season AHL contests with the Admirals and Binghamton Senators, Bochenski has 84 goals and 86 assists for 170 points and 73 penalty minutes. He has also added two goals and one assist in nine Calder Cup Playoff matches.
In 50 career NHL games, Bochenski has ten goals and nine assists for 19 points and 24 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the seventh round (223rd) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Bochenski signed a one-year deal with Chicago on August 1. He was originally acquired by the Blackhawks from the Ottawa Senators along with a 2006 second round draft pick for Tyler Arnason on March 9, 2006.
Brouwer, Byfuglien and St. Pierre were among 36 players selected by a coaches committee to complete the All-Star team rosters.
Rookie right wing Troy Brouwer, 21, is tied for ninth overall in scoring in the AHL and is second among rookies in points. His 21 goals rank eighth overall in the League and are third among rookies. The 6'3", 220-pound winger from Vancouver, British Columbia, has appeared in 37 games for the Admirals this season and has scored 21 goals while adding 22 assists for 43 points and 41 penalty minutes. He ranks second in goal scoring and third in points with the Admirals.
Brouwer netted his first pro hat trick with the Admirals at Scope on December 20. He then made his NHL debut with Chicago on December 23. He appeared in two games during his first NHL call-up, going scoreless with no penalty minutes.
Brouwer was the Blackhawks' seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft out of Moose Jaw in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Last season, he had a career year with Moose Jaw, scoring 49 goals and 102 points in 72 games. He won the WHL scoring title and was the only player in the WHL to top the 100-point mark.
Sophomore pro defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is tied for third among AHL defensemen in goal scoring and is fifth among AHL defensemen in points. In 28 games with Norfolk this season, he has eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points and 42 penalty minutes. The 6'3", 254-pound defenseman from Roseau, Minnesota is first among Admirals defensemen in goals, assists and points. He is currently on recall to the Chicago Blackhawks where he has one assist in one game so far.
In 81 career AHL games (all with Norfolk), Byfuglien has 16 goals and 30 assists for 46 points and 117 penalty minutes. Byfuglien also has one goal and two assists with four penalty minutes in four Calder Cup Playoff games.
In 26 NHL games with Chicago, Byfuglien, 21, has three goals and three assists for six points and 24 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the eighth round (245th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made his pro debut with the Admirals last season, appearing in 53 games with Norfolk. He also made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in March, scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on March 1 versus the Nashville Predators. Byfuglien and Rene Bourque are the only Admirals to have netted their first AHL goals and first NHL goals in their respective AHL and NHL debuts.
Martin St Pierre, 23, is the fourth-leading scorer and has the second-most assists in the American Hockey League. The 5'9", 187-pound center from Embrun, Ontario, is the second-leading scorer and top assist man for the Admirals this season. In 32 games with Norfolk, St. Pierre has 13 goals and 40 assists for 53 points and 32 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in seven games with the Blackhawks this season, registering one assist (his first NHL point) and four penalty minutes.
Last season, St. Pierre established new franchise marks for points (73) and assists (50) in a single campaign. He was Norfolk's only 2005-06 AHL All-Star selection and he was also named to the 2005-06 AHL All-Rookie Team.
In 127 career AHL games with the Edmonton Roadrunners and Norfolk, St. Pierre has 40 goals and 93 assists for 133 points and 138 penalty minutes. In four Calder Cup Playoff games, he has three assists and two PIMs.
St. Pierre joined the Admirals on an AHL contract to begin the 2005-06 season. His strong play to begin the season in Norfolk led to a two-year contract with the Blackhawks in early November 2005. He has appeared in nine NHL games in his career with one assist and four penalty minutes.
The 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic features the 2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 28 (7:00 ET) and the 2007 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 29 (7:00 ET), and will be televised live on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and on a network of regional broadcast partners in the United States.
The AHL All-Star Classic pits the Canadian AHL All-Stars, featuring AHL stars from Canada, against the PlanetUSA All-Stars, featuring AHL stars from the United States and around the world.
Of the 394 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, Brad Boyes, Daniel Briere, Jonathan Cheechoo, Pavol Demitra, Rick DiPietro, Patrik Elias, Ray Emery, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Dwayne Roloson, Marc Savard, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Steve Sullivan and Kyle Wellwood.
The Norfolk Admirals have never had more than two representatives at the AHL All-Star Game.