The New York Rangers organization will be well represented at this week's Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Defenseman Thomas Pock, who has already played two games for the Blueshirts this season, will be one of two Hartford Wolf Pack players taking part in the NHL's midseason classic. Pock, an Austrian native, has 36 points in 43 games with the Hartford this season. He is tied for third in scoring with teammate Colby Genoway.
Joining Pock in Winnipeg is Wolf Pack goaltender Al Montoya, who was the Rangers' 2004 first-round draft pick out of the University of Michigan. The Chicago-born Montoya has 16 wins and a 2.66 goals-against average in 24 games this season.
Pock and Montoya will be teammates on the Planet USA All-Star squad, which brings together the league's best American and European players. Planet USA will face off against the AHL's Canadian-born All-Stars
The All-Star Classic begins Tuesday night with the league's Skills Competition and continues Wednesday with the All-Star Game itself. This will be the 12th year of the modern All-Star format in which a team of Canadian players faces a team of players from other countries.
Both the Skills Competition and Wednesday's game will be broadcast through the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com. A high-speed internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player are required to view the events, which begin at 8 p.m. ET. For more information on the webcasts, see:
The AHL All-Star Game offers a great preview not only of tomorrow's Rangers stars, but of the entire NHL's next generation. More than 93 percent of the players who have appeared in an AHL All-Star Game since 1995 have gone on to play in the NHL.
Free webcasts are also available for all Hartford Wolf Pack regular-season games. For more information on upcoming Wolf Pack webcasts, see: