by PuckStopsHere on 01/08/09 at 04:04 AM ET
Over the last two days, the AHL has named their All Star Game rosters. The game will be played January 26th in Worchester, Massachusetts. It pits the AHL all stars from Canada (Team Canada) against those from the rest of the world (Planet USA). All Star Teams have 24 players each with 13 forwards, 8 defencemen and 3 goalies on each. It is an interesting game because it is a chance to see many future NHL players in one place.
Here are the rosters:
Mike Brodeur Rochester
Barry Brust Houston
Brian Elliott Binghamton (starter)
Johnny Boychuk Providence (starter)
Kyle Cumisky Lake Erie
Cody Franson Milwaukee
Bryan Helmer Hershey (captain)
Derek Joslin Worcester (starter)
Andrew MacDonald Bridgeport
Brett Palin Quad City
Danny Syvret Philadelphia
Steve Downie Norfolk
Alexandre Giroux Hershey (starter)
Claude Giroux Philadelphia (starter)
Mike Iggulden Bridgeport
Jason Krog Manitoba
Corey Locke Houston
Brett MacLean San Antonio
Mark Mancari Portland
Chris Minard Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (starter)
Cal O’Reilly Milwaukee
Teddy Purcell Manchester
Martin St Pierre Providence
Mike Santorelli Milwaukee
Jeff Frazee Lowell
Daniel Larsson Grand Rapids
Cory Schneider Manitoba (starter)
Rory Fitzpatrick Rochester (captain)
Jonas Junland Peoria
Mattias Karlsson Binghamton
Jakub Kindl Grand Rapids (starter)
Ben Lovejoy Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Bobby Sanguinetti Hartford
Jaime Sifers Toronto
Yannick Weber Hamilton (starter)
Keith Aucoin Hershey
Chris Bourque Hershey (starter)
Nikita Filatov Syracuse (starter)
Nathan Gerbe Portland (starter)
Martins Karsums Providence
Tim Kennedy Portland
Petri Kontiola Rockford
Drew Miller Iowa
Joe Motzko Chicago
Michael Ryan Albany
Ryan Potulny Springfield
Jeff Taffe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Ryan Vesce Worcester
One of the interesting stories is that Rory Fitzpatrick, famous for a failed 2007 write-in campaign to be an NHL All Star starter is the Planet USA captain.
To get an idea what becomes of AHL All Stars, here is last year’s roster. It included current NHLers like Derick Brassard, Nigel Dawes and Bobby Ryan (among others).
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