ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The American Hockey League announced its rosters for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic Wednesday afternoon, and forward Krys Kolanos and defenseman Clay Wilson have been named to represent the Abbotsford Heat in Atlantic City at month’s end.
Kolanos leads the Heat in goals, assists, points, shots, power play goals, and game winning goals despite having missed nine contests this season. The 30-year-old Calgary product has 34 points in 24 games since joining the Heat on the heels of a 22 month recovery from microfracture hip surgery. Kolanos sits eighth in the league in points, and just three back of the AHL leader in goals; the Heat’s number eight leads the AHL in first goals, as he has opened the scoring in seven of his 24 games played.
Wilson was called-up to the NHL last weekend and the opportunity affords him his first chance to skate for the Flames organization; he currently sits in seventh in AHL scoring among defenders with 20 points in 32 games played. Wilson saw his ice-time increase significantly in December with the promotion of T.J. Brodie and Joe Piskula to Calgary, and responded with two goals, eight points, a plus-3 rating, and a fight.
The All-Star game is set for Monday January 30th while the Skills Competition will run on Sunday January 29th.
The Heat host Grand Rapids (Detroit Red Wings) to close out their season series with the Griffins in a two game, weekend set at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 7:00 PM with the pre-game show beginning at 6:30 on Country 107.1. Friday’s game is the first Loonie, Toonie, Dog ’n Brew Night of 2012 while Saturday features the Zamboni Coin Bank Giveaway for the first 1,000 children (12 and under) through the doors courtesy of Vedder Transport. You can purchase tickets at AbbotsfordHeat.com or over the phone by calling 1 (877) 452-HEAT.