SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League and Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, announced on Thursday that right wing Tyler Toffoli was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team at the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic to be played at the end of the month at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, in Providence, Rhode Island on January 27-28, 2013.
Toffoli has 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points in 35 games for the Monarchs this season. Toffoli’s 18 goals lead all Monarchs skaters and are tied for first amongst AHL rookie skaters. The Scarborough, Ontario native has recorded two hat tricks this season and has five power play goals to lead the team. Toffoli also leads the club in plus/minus with a plus-13. This will be Toffoli’s first All-Star appearance.
The 2013 squads feature 33 first-time AHL All-Stars, 12 rookies and 12 former first and second-round draft choices, including standouts Jason Zucker of the Houston Aeros, Toffoli of the Monarchs, Beau Bennett of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Tim Erixon of the Springfield Falcons, David Rundblad of the Portland Pirates and Nino Niederreiter of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Former Monarchs netminder Barry Brust will also represent the Abbotsford Heat in the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts All-Star Classic.
Luke Richardson of the Binghamton Senators and Jon Cooper of the Syracuse Crunch will coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team; Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies and Jeff Daniels of the Charlotte Checkers will guide the Western Conference club.
Beginning Friday and until Jan. 24, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the starting lineups for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game by visiting facebook.com/theahl and completing the official CCM AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. Voters will also be entered to win prizes of a team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star stick (two) and team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star commemorative programs (10).
Tickets for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting www.providencebruins.com. All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.
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