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AHL All-Star selection

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- After the NHL All-Star selections were revealed on Wednesday, it was the American Hockey League’s turn to make their All-Star picks public on Thursday afternoon.

Two players from Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad – Michael McCarron and Mark Barberio – were given the nod to take part in the event scheduled for January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, NY.

McCarron, who is in the midst of his rookie AHL campaign, leads the St. John’s IceCaps with 13 goals in 31 games so far this year. He’s put up 25 total points, which ranks him second on the team in that department.

Barberio, meanwhile, is currently patrolling the Canadiens’ blue line after a strong start in the AHL ranks. The chances that he’ll be participating in the AHL All-Star Game are slim as Michel Therrien’s troops will be enjoying the NHL All-Star break at the same time. Interestingly enough, Barberio still leads all IceCaps defensemen with 20 points.

The Skills Competition will take place on January 31, while the All-Star Game is slated for the next day. The format of the game will be different than last year’s tilt, just like on the NHL side of things. Four teams will go head-to-head in a round-robin tournament where six nine-minute games will be played. The first half of each game will be played at 4-on-4, and the second half will be played at 3-on-3. The two best teams at the conclusion of the tournament will meet in a six-minute game that will be played at 3-on-3.

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