Shinkaruk Named to AHL All-Star Team

by Mark Caswell, Jr.

Jan 7, 2016 The American Hockey League announced today that Hunter Shinkaruk has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Classic Roster. The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, will take place January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Shinkaruk, 21, in just his second season as a professional, leads the Utica Comets in goals (13), power-play goals (7), and points (25) in 27 games played. His 12 assists are the second-most on the team. The 24th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Level Draft made his National Hockey League debut for the Canucks against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 16. In 2014-15, his first professional season, Shinkaruk recorded 31 points (16-15-31) and 28 penalty minutes over 74 games played. The Calgary, Alberta native also scored six points (4-2-6) in 23 postseason games with Utica through the 2015 Calder Cup Finals.

Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 13 players: seven forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 31 (8 p.m. ET) will keep its traditional format, with All-Stars from the Eastern Conference squaring off against All-Stars from the Western Conference in seven skills events.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge will take place on the evening of Feb. 1 (7 p.m. ET); instead of a traditional 60-minute game, the AHL’s All-Stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league’s divisions (Atlantic, North, Central, Pacific). The teams will then play a round-robin tournament featuring six games of nine minutes each; the first half of each game will be played at 4-on-4, and the second half at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin tournament will face off for the championship, a six-minute game played at 3-on-3.

The 2016 rosters feature 37 first-time AHL All-Stars, nine rookies and 10 former first-round draft choices, including standouts William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies, Michael McCarron of the St. John’s IceCaps, Nick Ritchie of the San Diego Gulls and Mikko Rantanen of the San Antonio Rampage. In addition, 23 of the All-Stars named have appeared in the National Hockey League already this season.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins associate coach Jay Leach, Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe, Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason and Ontario Reign head coach Mike Stothers will serve as coaches for the event.

Tickets for the two-day 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now. Ticket prices range from $40-60 and can be purchased either in person at the Syracuse Crunch office located in the War Memorial Arena at 800 South State Street in Syracuse, by calling (315) 473-4444 or through all Ticketmaster outlets.

The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: Of the 679 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Troy Brouwer, Ryan Callahan, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Jiri Hudler, Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz, Ryan Miller, Gustav Nyquist, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.

In operation since 1936 and celebrating its 80th-anniversary season in 2015-16, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

2016 Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars

Atlantic Division All-Stars
Pos.PlayerTeamApp.2015-16 Stats
GMatt MurrayWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins1st14-4-0, 1.74, .942, 4 SO
GAnthony StolarzLehigh Valley Phantoms1st12-7-3, 2.18, .925, 0 SO
DConnor CarrickHershey Bears2nd28gp, 8-7-15, +10
DRyan GravesHartford Wolf Pack1st34gp, 3-8-11, +1
DDerrick PouliotWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins2nd32gp, 5-13-18, +15
DRyan PulockBridgeport Sound Tigers1st34gp, 5-10-15, E
FChris BourqueHershey Bears4th32gp, 13-18-31, +8
FNick CousinsLehigh Valley Phantoms1st28gp, 8-21-29, +9
FSeth GriffithProvidence Bruins1st25gp, 10-20-30, -2
FDustin JeffreySpringfield Falcons2nd23gp, 10-14-24, +5
FRob SchrempPortland Pirates2nd32gp, 13-14-27, +5
FDominik SimonWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins1st33gp, 12-17-29, +12
FJoe WhitneyBridgeport Sound Tigers3rd33gp, 13-19-32, +11
CoachJay LeachWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins1st
North Division All-Stars
Pos.PlayerTeamApp.2015-16 Stats
GYann DanisAlbany Devils3rd15-5-3, 2.01, .919, 4 SO
GKristers GudlevskisSyracuse Crunch1st6-6-1, 2.48, .921, 1 SO
DMark BarberioSt. John’s IceCaps3rd26gp, 2-18-20, E
DT.J. BrennanToronto Marlies3rd35gp, 13-18-31, +7
DMichael KostkaBinghamton Senators1st26gp, 1-11-12, +7
DMatt TaorminaSyracuse Crunch2nd29gp, 7-10-17, +4
FMike Angelidis (“C”)Syracuse Crunch1st26gp, 2-6-8, -2
FJosh LeivoToronto Marlies1st33gp, 9-19-28, +8
FMichael McCarronSt. John’s IceCaps1st31gp, 13-12-25, -3
FWilliam NylanderToronto Marlies1st27gp, 14-20-34, +7
FCal O’ReillyRochester Americans4th28gp, 3-16-19, -7
FHunter ShinkarukUtica Comets1st27gp, 13-12-25, +4
FMike SisloAlbany Devils1st28gp, 13-10-23, +2
CoachSheldon KeefeToronto Marlies1st

2016 Western Conference AHL All-Stars

Central Division All-Stars
Pos.PlayerTeamApp.2015-16 Stats
GConnor HellebuyckManitoba Moose2nd2-7-1, 2.41, .927, 1 SO
GMichael LeightonRockford IceHogs4th16-4-3, 2.39, .922, 1 SO
DAndre BenoitChicago Wolves1st32gp, 3-20-23, +11
DTrevor CarrickCharlotte Checkers1st29gp, 7-14-21, -2
DGustav OlofssonIowa Wild1st33gp, 0-7-7, -7
DXavier OuelletGrand Rapids Griffins1st31gp, 2-13-15, +10
FPat CannoneChicago Wolves1st30gp, 8-14-22, +13
FFrederick GaudreauMilwaukee Admirals1st35gp, 9-15-24, -2
FRyan HartmanRockford IceHogs1st29gp, 10-8-18, +6
FJeff Hoggan (“C”)Grand Rapids Griffins1st31gp, 4-0-4, -2
FVladislav KamenevMilwaukee Admirals1st24gp, 6-8-14, -7
FDerek RyanCharlotte Checkers1st32gp, 12-18-30, +5
FKerby RychelLake Erie Monsters1st21gp, 5-15-20, +2
CoachDean EvasonMilwaukee Admirals1st
Pacific Division All-Stars
Pos.PlayerTeamApp.2015-16 Stats
GLaurent BrossoitBakersfield Condors1st10-5-3, 2.52, .928, 3 SO
GPeter BudajOntario Reign1st17-7-2, 1.69, .930, 4 SO
DBrad HuntBakersfield Condors3rd26gp, 6-17-23, -6
DEsa LindellTexas Stars1st37gp, 7-17-24, +7
DVincent LoVerdeOntario Reign1st29gp, 3-11-14, +2
DBrandon MontourSan Diego Gulls1st30gp, 6-22-28, -2
FBarclay GoodrowSan Jose Barracuda1st22gp, 13-6-19, +8
FDerek GrantStockton Heat1st21gp, 15-6-21, +6
FMichael MerschOntario Reign1st19gp, 12-3-15, E
FTravis MorinTexas Stars2nd37gp, 10-25-35, +1
FBrendan RanfordTexas Stars1st37gp, 10-18-28, +7
FMikko RantanenSan Antonio Rampage1st22gp, 10-16-26, +17
FNick RitchieSan Diego Gulls1st21gp, 12-8-20, +1
CoachMike StothersOntario Reign4th Back to All