With the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic being hosted by the LA Kings' AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign on January 26 and 27, it's time that you are introduced to the All-Stars!
Mike Stothers, Head Coach of the Ontario Reign had the fortune of breaking the good news to his players, describing it as "almost like a dad finding out that their son is being recognized for an accomplishment."
The three Reign representatives will have all 200 feet of the ice covered as forward Martin Frk, defenseman Kale Clague and goaltender Cal Peterson were selected as 2019-2020 All-Stars.
The Iowa native was selected to his second AHL All-Star game in just three years. The 25-year-old was also selected as an All-Star in 2018 as a rookie when it was held in Utica, New York.
"The ovation and recognition that the Utica guys got, I always thought was really cool. How cool it would be to be in your team's town, I'm really looking forward to that," Petersen said.
Currently, the Reign starting goalie posts a 15-15-4 record in 35 games, with a .905 save %.
Video: Cal Petersen has solidified the Kings' depth in net
In his second year with the Reign, the Alberta-born defenseman also got the call. The 21-year-old leads Reign defensemen in points, tallying 16 points (6-10=16) in 33 games this season.
"It's an honor. There's a lot of great players around the league and it's nice that it's at home in front of the home crowd" Clague said.
Clague made his NHL debut with the LA Kings on December 21, 2019 and has appeared in four games with the team.
This will be Clague's first AHL All-Star appearance.
Video: Kale Clague looks to add speed to the Kings defense
Frk, who is in his seventh year of professional hockey, makes his first AHL All-Star appearance. The Reign's leading point getter (20-10=30) through 32 games this season is currently on pace to set a career-highs in both goals and assists.
"I always look forward to being in our home rink... It's special to have the fans come support us," Frk said.
The Czech Republic born forward has played four games with the Kings and scored three goals.
Video: LAK@SJS: Frk one-times goal from the slot