Derek Armstrong and Brad Smyth Named to AHL's First All-Star Team
/ New York Rangers
The American Hockey League (AHL) announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack center Derek Armstrong and right wing Brad Smyth have been named to the AHL's First All-Star Team.
Armstrong and Smyth are joined by Springfield left wing Jean-Guy Trudel, Kentucky defenseman Steve Bancroft, Philadelphia defenseman John Slaney, and Worcester goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Philadelphia right wing Mark Greig tied Smyth for First Team honors. Second Team All-Stars are Albany left wing Pierre Dagenais, Kentucky center Ryan Kraft, St. John's right wing Bobby House, Syracuse defensemen Radim Bicanek and Mike Gaul, and Rochester goaltender Mika Noronen.
The AHL's All-Star Teams are selected by AHL players and media in each of the league's 20 member cities. Each All Star Team member will receive a custom-designed ring in recognition of his selection.
Armstrong, 27, has been the Wolf Pack's leading scorer each of the last three seasons. In 70 games played, he ranks first in the AHL with 61 assists and second with 91 points, both team records. With 30 goals, Armstrong has set career highs in all three offensive categories, and he also leads the Wolf Pack with a plus-20 rating. The MVP of the 2000 Calder Cup Playoffs, Armstrong was selected to play in his third consecutive AHL All-Star Classic this winter, but missed the event while on recall to the parent New York Rangers. An Ottawa native, Armstrong has appeared in one game with New York this season.
Smyth, 28, leads the AHL with 44 goals, and has added 27 assists for 71 points in 70 games this season. He played in his first AHL All-Star Classic in January, and ranks second only to Armstrong in team scoring. Also a native of Ottawa, Smyth ranks second in the AHL with a team-record 18 power-play goals. He is shooting to become just the fifth two time 50-goal scorer in AHL history; he earned league MVP honors in 1996 after a 68-goal, 126-point campaign with the Carolina Monarchs. Smyth has picked up one goal in four games with the Rangers this year.
This is the second career All-Star Team selection for both players. Armstrong earned a Second Team honor in 2000, while Smyth was a First Team All-Star in 1996.