THREE FALCONS TO PARTICIPATE IN AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Springfield, Mass. - Springfield Falcons forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, defenseman Tim Erixon, and goaltender Curtis McElhinney have been selected to participate in the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, which will take place Jan. 27-28 in Providence, R.I.
Audy-Marchessault leads the Falcons and is third in the league with 40 points (16g-24a). The second-year pro from Quebec City registered his first-career hat trick on Tuesday night in a 7-5 Springfield victory over Manchester. Audy-Marchessault is an All-Star selection for the second-straight year after representing the Connecticut Whale as a rookie at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic. He tied for the Whale lead in 2011-2012 with 64 points while leading all Connecticut skaters with 40 assists.
Erixon leads Springfield's defensemen with 24 points, 20 assists, and a career-high four goals. The second-year pro was acquired by Columbus from the New York Rangers this summer as part of a five-player trade. Erixon, from Port Chester, N.Y., garnered two assists in 18 games with the Rangers last year while spending most of the season with Connecticut, leading all Whale defensemen as a rookie with 30 assists and tying for first among the club's blueliners with 33 points in 52 contests. This is his first AHL All-Star selection.
McElhinney set a Falcons single-season record with his sixth shutout of 2012-2013 on Dec. 22 in Hershey. The eighth-year pro leads the AHL in shutouts, is tied for second with 17 victories, is sixth with a .928 save percentage, and is 10th with a 2.25 goals-against average. The London, Ontario product and Denver, Colo. resident was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for October and the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 11 earlier this season. This marks McElhinney's second All-Star selection, as the 29-year-old also participated with the Canadian All-Stars at the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic during his second-pro campaign with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
The three All-Star selections equals the most in Falcons history. Springfield also had three representatives at the 1999 and 1997 AHL All-Star Classics.
To read the AHL's press release and view the All-Star Classic rosters, click here.
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.