January 9, 2007
Count Kyle Wellwood among those who benefited from two trips to the AHL All-Star Game.
The Maple Leafs centre/winger played in two versions of the game, in 2005 in Grand Rapids and 2004 in Manchester.
The 2007 Rbk Hockey All-Star Classic will be held January 28 and 29 at the Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Toronto Marlies.
"It was a good feeling for me that I was representing my team, the St. John's Maple Leafs," said Wellwood. "It shows that you are one of the fan favorites and that's always nice to know."
Wellwood shared the ice with some of the game's best emerging players including Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.
Wellwood, a five-foot-10 speedster, said the wide-open style of the All-Star game, played to his strengths.
"It was a great experience. It was easy for me. I just played my regular game. Usually the players at the All-Star game are the skill guys so the game is wide open and great fun to play."
Wellwood has one more remembrance. A player known for his nimble hands and feet, he had no luck in the skills event.
"I don't know why but I couldn't do anything in the skills competition."