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Barberio, Conacher named to 2011-12 AHL All-Star Teams

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The American Hockey League announced today the 2011-12 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.

2011-12 AHL First All-Star Team

G Yann Danis, Oklahoma City Barons (40gp, 25-12-2, 2.11gaa, .924sv%, 5so)
D Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals (69gp, 12+47=59pts., +23, 37 PP pts.)
D Paul Postma, St. John’s IceCaps (55gp, 13+31=44pts., 24 PP pts., 3 GWG)
LW Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears (67gp, 26+64=90pts., 50 PP pts.)
C Keith Aucoin, Hershey Bears (43gp, 11+59=70pts., 38 PP pts.)
RW Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse Crunch (46gp, 32+23=55pts., +11, 7 GWG)

2011-12 AHL Second All-Star Team

G Ben Bishop, Peoria Rivermen/Binghamton Senators (41gp, 26-15-0, 2.27gaa, .930sv%, 6so)
D Brian Connelly, Rockford IceHogs/Abbotsford Heat (69gp, 6+43=49pts., 20 PP pts.)
D Clay Wilson, Abbotsford Heat (63gp, 15+26=41pts., +4, 3 GWG)
LW Cory Conacher, Norfolk Admirals (70gp, 34+39=73pts., +11, 7 GWG)
C T.J. Hensick, Peoria Rivermen (61gp, 21+46=67pts., 26 PP pts., 4 GWG)
RW Jon DiSalvatore, Houston Aeros (70gp, 26+31=57pts., 27 PP pts., 3 GWG)

Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2011-12 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams.

More on Barberio and Conacher:

Mark Barberio, Defenseman: A 2008 draft choice by Tampa Bay, Mark Barberio has made tremendous strides in his second professional season, leading all AHL defensemen with 47 assists and 59 points and tying for second with a plus-23 rating in 69 games, contributing at both ends for a Norfolk team with both the top-ranked offense and defense in the Eastern Conference. Barberio, a 22-year-old native of Montreal, has also recorded 37 points on the power play, helping Norfolk to the second-best efficiency in the AHL at 22.2 percent, and has had 17 multiple-point games on the season as well. Paul Postma, Defenseman (St. John’s IceCaps): Third-year pro Paul Postma has tallied 13 goals and 31 assists for 44 points in 55 games with the Atlantic Division champion St. John’s IceCaps this season, one point shy of his career high in 14 fewer contests. Postma, a 23-year-old native of Red Deer, Alta., had a 10-game scoring streak in December and made his second consecutive AHL All-Star Classic appearance in January. Postma has also skated in three games with the parent Winnipeg Jets this season.

Cory Conacher, Left Wing: Named to the AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, Cory Conacher adds a Second Team AHL All-Star nod to his list of accolades. After earning an AHL contract with an impressive training camp in Tampa Bay, Conacher leads the league with 34 goals – the most by an AHL rookie in five years – and ranks second with 73 points in 70 games with Norfolk, including 14 power-play goals and seven game-winners. The 22-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., was rewarded with an NHL deal from the Lightning on Mar. 1. T.J. Hensick, Center (Peoria Rivermen):
A perennial point-per-game producer in the AHL, T.J. Hensick earns his first postseason All-Star Team berth this season. The fifth-year pro from Howell, Mich., ranks fifth in the AHL with 67 points (21 goals, 46 assists) in 61 games despite missing three weeks while on NHL recall to St. Louis. Hensick, whose nine-game scoring streak from Oct. 16 to Nov. 4 included five consecutive two-point efforts, also leads the Rivermen with nine power-play tallies and has recorded four game-winning goals.

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