Hurricanes prospect Bryan Rodney was selected to the Canadian AHL All-Star team Tuesday, his first such selection. The PlanetUSA (also known as players from anywhere else in the world) will be announced tomorrow for next month's game. Read after the jump for the release from the River Rats.
BRYAN RODNEY SELECTED TO CANADA AHL ALL-STAR TEAM
Defenseman Earns First All-Star Nod & Will Represent Albany At 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The American Hockey League announced today that River Rats defenseman Bryan Rodney has been selected to the Canadian AHL All-Star team for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, to be played next month at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
Rodney, 25, is in his third season with the River Rats and has nine points (2-7-9) in 21 games. The London, Ontario native has also tallied five assists in ten games with the Carolina Hurricanes this year.
The Canadian AHL All-Star team is comprised of 24 players – 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders – born in Canada. AHL fans determined the starting lineup via on-line balloting attheahl.com, while a committee of AHL coaches selected the remainder of the roster, which can be found below.
Among the members of the Canadian team are 17 first-time AHL All-Stars including Manchester’s Jonathan Bernier, Hamilton’s Cedrick Desjardins and Texas’s Brent Krahn, who are the AHL’s top three goaltenders in both goals-against average and save percentage. The Canadian squad also features six former NHL first-round draft picks including Logan Couture of the Worcester Sharks and Tyler Ennis of the host Portland Pirates, the top two rookie scorers in the league. Players on the Canadian roster with previous All-Star experience include Binghamton’s Martin St. Pierre and Hartford’s Corey Locke, who are tied for the event’s all-time scoring lead with eight career points each.
Manitoba Moose defenseman Nolan Baumgartner was selected to captain the Canadian team, and was voted to the starting lineup by fan balloting. Because the Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup championship in 2009, their current staff of head coach Mark French and assistant Troy Mann will serve as the coaches for the Canadian team; Bob Woods was promoted to assistant coach of the Washington Capitals after guiding the Bears to the title last spring.
The PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team roster will be announced on Wednesday.
The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, January 18 (8:00 p.m. ET) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, January 19 (6:00 p.m. ET), and will be televised live nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 492 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 94 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Rick DiPietro,Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.
Tickets for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic – which include admission to both the Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game as well as an official commemorative All-Star Classic event program – are $49 (rows 1-12 in all sections) and $42 (rows 13-24 in all sections). To purchase tickets call (207) 775-3458, visit the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or go on-line atportlandpirates.com.
Albany plays Game’s Five and Six of the Time Warner Cable Cup Series this week in a home-and-home affair against the Adirondack Phantoms, beginning on Wednesday, December 30th with a 7:00 p.m. start at the Times Union Center. River Rats 2009-10 pro-rated season and flexible ticket packages are now on sale at the River Rats executive offices at the Times Union Center, by calling (518) 487-2244 or by logging onto www.albanyriverrats.com.
2010 Canada AHL All-Star Roster:
x-Jonathan Bernier, Manchester
Cedrick Desjardins, Hamilton
Brent Krahn, Texas
x-Nolan Baumgartner, Manitoba ("C")
Tyler Eckford, Lowell
Keaton Ellerby, Rochester
Danny Groulx, Worcester
Mark Katic, Bridgeport
Maxim Noreau, Houston
Bryan Rodney, Albany
x-P.K. Subban, Hamilton
x-Logan Couture, Worcester
Tyler Ennis, Portland
x-Alexandre Giroux, Hershey
Andrew Gordon, Hershey
Darren Haydar, Lake Erie
Jason Jaffray, Abbotsford
x-Dustin Jeffrey, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Ryan Keller, Binghamton
Charles Linglet, Springfield
Corey Locke, Hartford
Jon Matsumoto, Adirondack
Cal O'Reilly, Milwaukee
Martin St. Pierre, Binghamton
Head Coach: Mark French, Hershey Bears
Assistant Coach: Troy Mann, Hershey Bears
Athletic Trainer: Dan Stuck, Hershey Bears
Equipment Manager: Justin Kullman, Hershey Bears