(Jan. 26, 2005) -- The American Hockey League announced today the Team Canada lineup for the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic that will be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Included in that list is St. John's Maple Leafs center Kyle Wellwood. This will be the second straight appearance for Wellwood at the AHL All-Star Classic.
| Wellwood will represent the Blue and White at the AHL All-Star game this season.
Wellwood is the St. John's Maple Leafs team leader in goals (19) and is second on the team in points (47) and plus/minus (+14). Wellwood is seventh in AHL scoring and was named the CCM Vector / AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, October 31, 2004. He set a new franchise record for goals in game when he scored 5 times in an 8-3 victory over the Cleveland Barons on October 30.
Last season, Wellwood won the AHL Rookie Scoring race with 55 points (20G,35A) in 76 games.
Wellwood was a member of the Silver Medal winning Team Canada at the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships held in Halifax, Nova Scotia and won the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player in 2003 with the Windsor Spitfires. Wellwood was Toronto's 5th choice, 134th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.
Among the members of the Canadian team are eight former first-round draft picks: Binghamton's Jason Spezza (2nd overall in 2001), Lowell's Eric Staal (2nd in 2003), San Antonio's Jay Bouwmeester (3rd in 2002), Cincinnati's Joffrey Lupul (7th in 2002), Manitoba's Nolan Baumgartner (10th in 1994), Milwaukee's Dan Hamhuis (12th in 2001), Portland's Steve Eminger (12th in 2002) and Lowell's Chuck Kobasew (14th in 2001).
Other notable names on the Canadian roster include 2005 World Junior Championships MVP Patrice Bergeron (Providence), reigning AHL MVP Jason LaBarbera (Hartford) and 2004 Stanley Cup champion Eric Perrin (Hershey).
Milwaukee Admirals defenseman Brad Tiley was selected to captain the Canadian team, his third career AHL All-Star Classic appearance. And because he led Milwaukee to the Calder Cup championship in 2004, Claude Noel will serve as the head coach for the Canadian AHL All-Star team.
The PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team roster will be announced on Thursday.
2005 CANADIAN AHL ALL-STAR TEAM
Patrice Bergeron, Providence
x-Mike Cammalleri, Manchester
Simon Gamache, Milwaukee
Jason King, Manitoba
Chuck Kobasew, Lowell
Tom Kostopoulos, Manchester (inj.)
Yanick Lehoux, Manchester (inj.)
Joffrey Lupul, Cincinnati
x-Michel Ouellet, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Eric Perrin, Hershey
Patrick Sharp, Philadelphia
Jason Spezza, Binghamton
Eric Staal, Lowell
Kyle Wellwood, St. John's
Nolan Baumgartner, Manitoba
Jay Bouwmeester, San Antonio
Steve Eminger, Portland
Dan Hamhuis, Milwaukee
x-Lawrence Nycholat, Hartford
Travis Roche, Chicago
Brad Tiley, Milwaukee ("C")
x-Dennis Wideman, Worcester
Mathieu Garon, Manchester
x-Jason LaBarbera, Hartford
Joey MacDonald, Grand Rapids
Head Coach: Claude Noel, Milwaukee
Assistant Coach: Todd Richards, Milwaukee
Athletic Trainer: Doug Agnew, Milwaukee
Equipment Manager: Dave Randolph, Milwaukee