… The American Hockey League announced today the Canadian AHL All-Star team roster for the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications, to be played later this month at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.
The team comprises 24 players – 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders – born in Canada. AHL fans determined the starting lineup via on-line balloting at theahl.com, while a committee of AHL coaches selected the remainder of the roster.
Among the members of the Canadian team are 17 first-time AHL All-Stars, including the AHL's leading goal-scorer in Chris Minard
of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the league’s top rookie scorer in Claude Giroux
of the Philadelphia Phantoms and the league's top-scoring defenseman in Johnny Boychuk
of the Providence Bruins. Players on the Canadian roster with previous All-Star experience include Providence's Martin St. Pierre
, selected for his fourth consecutive All-Star Classic berth, and Houston's Corey Locke
, an All-Star in 2006 and 2008.
Hershey Bears defenseman Bryan Helmer
was selected to captain the Canadian team, the first AHL All-Star Classic appearance of his 16-year career. Head coach Bob Woods and assistant coach Mark French of the Bears will lead the Canadian team because the Bears owned the AHL's best points percentage at the end of play on Jan. 4.
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