Standings (from today):
Scores from the All Star Classic:
Congrats to the Central Division on their win!
Everything you need to know about the showcase of the AHL's best! Read more to find out the details!
All About The All Star Classic:
Reminder: The AHL All-Star Classic is next Sunday and Monday (29-30) in Allentown, PA.
In recent news, forward Alexandre Grenier (Utica Comets) was added to the North Division; goaltender Anton Forsberg (Cleveland Monsters) was added to the Central Division roster; forward Christian Fischer (Tucson Roadrunners) was added to the Pacific Division team and defenseman Vojtech Mozik (Albany Devils) will replace Mark Barberio (St. John's) on the North Division team.
Following their success in the NHL, Kasperi Kapanen, Juuse Saros (recognize that name?!), and Brendan Perlini will not play in the game and are replaced by those mentioned above.
The All-Star Classic has 38 first-time participants, 13 AHL rookies and 11 former first- and second-round NHL draft choices. Also, 27 of this year’s All-Stars were called up to the NHL (all info from theahl.com).
Fan of the Week
Ever wanted to become a penalty box attendant? Well, that wish came true for one San Diego Gulls fan! A season ticket holder named Adam Jones, who works another part time job as the outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, decided that he wanted to become even closer to his beloved team.
Jones worked yesterday's game vs. the San Jose Barracuda and had his hands full with 16 total penalties from both teams, including an 11 penalty third period. If you ever see a game in San Diego, make sure to look around for Jones in the stands and say hi!
Check out which games to watch this week!
16 days until the All Star Challenge!!
(on Monday, Jan. 30)
How did we end up here?!
Here's how your farm team is doing compared to everyone else:
Some of the very best young stars from this league were seen at the World Juniors. Let's find out who was there!
Stockton Heat, Calgary Flames- Oliver Kylington, Sweden
(4 pts in 7 games played as a defenseman).
Rochester Americans, Buffalo Sabres- Alexander Nylander, Sweden (pictured, above)
(5 goals, 7 assists, and a +/- of +7).
Texas Stars, Dallas Stars- Denis Guryanov, Russia
(4 goals, 3 assists, and 2 game-winning goals).
All Star Classic Rosters Announced!
Fact: More than 93% of participants in the All Star Classic will compete in the NHL. This is a prestigious event because coaches pick who goes in, not fans.
Toews has no relation to Jonathan... Need to put that out there.
P.K.'s little brother made it! Yay!! Now both brothers are All-Stars!
Notice how Milwaukee has a higher quality photo shoot than other teams? Always trying to look better, even in the headshots!
The fact in the beginning is true because both Montour and Perlini played each other last night in Anaheim when the Coyotes visited the Ducks!
*Reminder: Game is on Jan. 30 where the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play.
Welcome to the last update on the farm system for this year! Besides the World Junior Championship, this is our best look at the future of your NHL team. Hope you enjoy the stars of the AHL and the future players for your team.
* indicates a rookie, so keep a closer eye on them!
Goals Against Average leaders
*Juuse Saros (MIL) had his first NHL shutout vs. St. Louis yesterday with Nashville!
Follow @TheAHL and @AHLLive on Twitter for more in depth updates on your team.
Scores from this past week:
This week's schedule
Schedule for Upcoming Week
Unique to Minor Leagues
The Teddy Bear Toss is a tradition in junior hockey where the fans throw out teddy bears (or catepillars!) on the ice after the home team scores the first goal. This is a popular way to donate stuffed animals to children in hospitals and it began in the 1993-94 season. If your local team ever has one of these nights, I recommend going!
Here's what's going on in the farm system:
(hits... lots of hits...)
Find out who will be your future forward!
Goals Against Average
Congratulations to Taylor Beck (Bakersfield), Brendan Perlini (Tucson), and Juuse Saros (Milwaukee) on being named CCM Hockey AHL Winners for November!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!