Forward Mike Iggulden and defenseman Andrew MacDonald
will represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers––the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate–– and play for Team Canada at the 2009 AHL All-Star Game in Worcester, Mass., on January 26th. The two will also participate in the Skills Competition on January 25.
"We've had a lot of guys who have worked extremely hard this season and the voting to make the game was tough this year," said Sound Tigers Head Coach Jack Capuano. "Mike and Andrew are two guys who deserve to go. To have two guys going is great for the organization."
Signed in the off-season, Iggulden has recorded 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 35 games. The Ontario-native is the only player on the Sound Tigers to have played in every game. This is Iggulden's second time playing in the mid-season classic, after representing the Worcester Sharks at last year's game in Binghamton.
"Mike is a guy who, when we've needed a big goal, has been there for us," said Capuano. "He's a great guy on and off ice and a talented individual. The last couple of years he has put up some good numbers."
For MacDonald, this has been a breakout season for the first-year AHL defenseman. Last year, the Nova Scotia-native dressed in only 21 games for the Sound Tigers before playing the remainder of the season with the organization's ECHL affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies. Through the first half of this season, MacDonald has been one of the Sound Tigers' best defensemen, recording five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 29 games. MacDonald was drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
"Andrew is a great story," said Capuano. "We had some depth on defense and wasn't getting as much playing time last season, so he went to Utah and did everything we asked of him. He applied himself and worked his way into the lineup this season and has had a great year. He has shown confidence and is a skilled defenseman. He's earned the ice time this year because of his work ethic, focus and dedication.
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