Three Calgary Flames prospects have been named to the rosters for the The American Hockey League 2007 Rbk Hockey/AHL All-Star Classic.
Although all three players began the season with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, the Flames top affiliate, two of the players, defenseman Richie Regehr and forward Dustin Boyd, are currently with the big team. The other player named is goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
Regehr has been chosen to play for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team while McElhinney and center Boyd have been chosen to play for the Canadian AHL All-Star squad.
The two day event will be held at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, the home of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
The weekend begins with the 2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Then on Monday, January 29th, the two teams square off in the 2007 AHL All-Star Game at 6:00 p.m. Central Time.
Regehr, currently out of the Flames line-up with a concussion, will be making his second appearance in the AHL’s mid-season classic. Last year, he had a goal and an assist in the game. In six games with the Flames, he has a goal and an assist and no penalty minutes. The native of Bandung, Indonesia has been with Calgary since late December, and yet he is still the Knights’ leading defenseman scorer with five goals and nine assists for 14 points and 37 penalty minutes. He also has a team-best +16 plus/minus rating. Regehr is in his third professional season. He was signed by Calgary as a free agent in 2004 after five years of junior hockey with Kelowna and Portland.
McElhinney, who now calls Calgary home,, will be making his first appearance in the AHL All-Star Weekend. So far this season, he has earned a career-high 12 wins in 23 appearances. His 2.32 goals-against average ranks third best in the league. He also has three shutouts which rank third overall. Born in London, Ontario, McElhinney is in his second pro season after a four-year college career at Colorado College. He was the Flames’ sixth round draft pick, 176th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
"He's been solid all season," said Boyd of McElhinney. "He has been making the big save for us in every game he has played. He is making the big saves when we need it. He has been stellar."
Boyd also will be making his first All-Star Game appearance. Currently on recall to Calgary where he has a goal and two assists in six games for the Flames. The goal, his first in the NHL, was the game winner in a 4-2 Flames’ win over Dallas last Saturday. The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba is the Knights’ leading scorer with 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 30 games. He is tied for seventh among all AHL rookies in points. He was the Flames’ third pick, 98th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft after a four year junior career with Moose Jaw.
"A lot of great players have played in that game and there are a lot of great players going this year so it's a honour to be named to play," said Boyd.