Left Wing Nathan Gerbe, currently with the Columbus Blue Jackets on recall from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, has been selected to participate in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, the Monsters and AHL announced today. He is scheduled to represent the Monsters on the North Division All-Star squad at the event to be held January 26-27 at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California, home of the Ontario Reign.
Gerbe, 32, was recalled by Columbus on December 22 and has tallied one goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in five games. He skated in his 400th career NHL contest on December 31 vs. Florida. The forward has collected 59-82-141 and 178 penalty minutes in 401 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.
The 5-4, 169-pound native of Oxford, Michigan is Cleveland's leader in goals, assists, points and power play goals with 8-17-25, 22 penalty minutes and four power play tallies in 30 games. He has registered 63-106-169 and 187 penalty minutes in 196 career AHL games during his 12 pro seasons. He represented the Portland Pirates at the 2010 AHL All-Star Game when he was a member of the Sabres organization.
Selected by Buffalo in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft, Gerbe was an All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2007-08 during his final of three seasons at Boston College. He signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on Jan. 24, 2018 after spending parts of two seasons playing for Geneve in Switzerland's top professional league.