SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the playing rosters for the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Bell in collaboration with Manulife Bankto be held February 5-6 in Laval, Que.
Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 12 players. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 32 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
The 2023 rosters feature 37 first-time AHL All-Stars and nine rookies, as well as nine former first-round NHL draft picks and six second-round picks. In addition, 14 of the named All-Stars have also played in the National Hockey League already this season, including Justin Barron of the Laval Rocket (Montreal), Cam York of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia), Lukas Reichel of the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago) and Matthew Phillips of the Calgary Wranglers (Calgary).
Hershey Bears head coach Todd NelsonToronto Marlies head coach Greg MooreTexas Stars head coach Neil Graham and Calgary Wranglers head coach Mitch Love will serve as coaches for the event.
The 2023 Rona AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Feb. 5 (6 pm ET) will pit the All-Stars from the two Eastern Conference divisions against those from the two Western Conference divisions in seven skill events.
In the 2023 Mise-o-jeu AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday, Feb. 6 (7 pm ET), the four teams will participate in a 3-on-3, round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute, 3-on-3 game.
Tickets for the 2023 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Bell in collaboration with Manulife Bankwhich includes admission to both 2023 Rona AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Feb. 5, and the 2023 Mise-o-jeu AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday, Feb. 6, start at only $39 and are available now by visiting rocketlaval.com.
The 2023 AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: since 1995, more than 94 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, including Cam Atkinson, Drake Batherson, Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Binnington, Jack Campbell, John Carlson, Logan Couture, Thatcher Demko, Denis Gurianov, Connor Hellebuyck, Tristan Jarry, Kaapo Kahkonen, Jordan Kyrou, Jonathan Marchessault, Jacob Markstrom, Brandon Montour, William Nylander, Kyle Palmieri, Mikko Rantanen, Dylan Strome, Linus Ullmark, Vitek Vanecek and Mats Zuccarello.
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 32 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.
Atlantic Division All-Stars
D Samuel BolducBridgeport Islanders (1st appearance)
G Brandon BusseyProvidence Bruins (1st)
F Will CuylleHartford Wolf Pack (1st)
F Tyson FoersterLehigh Valley Phantoms (1st)
F Ethan FrankHershey Bears (1st)
F Matthew HighmoreSpringfield Thunderbirds (2nd)
G Joel HoferSpringfield Thunderbirds (1st)
F Vinnie LettieriProvidence Bruins (2nd)
F Riley NashCharlotte Checkers (1st)
D Xavier OuelletWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd)
F Mike VecchioneHershey Bears (1st)
D Cam YorkLehigh Valley Phantoms (1st)
Coach Todd NelsonHershey Bears (3rd)
North Division All-Stars
F Alex Barré-BouletSyracuse Crunch (2nd appearance)
D Justin BarronLaval Rocket (1st)
F Brandon BiroRochester Americans (1st)
G Nico DawesUtica Comets (1st)
F Gabriel Dumont (“C”), Syracuse Crunch (2nd)
D Noel HoefenmayerToronto Marlies (1st)
D David JiricekCleveland Monsters (1st)
D Darren RaddyshSyracuse Crunch (1st)
F Anthony RichardLaval Rocket (1st)
F Logan ShawToronto Marlies (2nd)
F Egor SokolovBelleville Senators (1st)
G Joseph WollToronto Marlies (1st)
Coach Greg MooreToronto Marlies (2nd; 1st as coach)
Central Division All-Stars
G Yaroslav AskarovMilwaukee Admirals (1st appearance)
F Riley BarberTexas Stars (1st)
D Declan ChisholmManitoba Moose (1st)
F David GustRockford IceHogs (1st)
D Thomas HarleyTexas Stars (1st)
D Max LajoieChicago Wolves (1st)
D Brian Lashoff (“C”), Grand Rapids Griffins (1st)
F Tommy NovakMilwaukee Admirals (1st)
F Lukas ReichelRockford IceHogs (1st)
F Brett SeneyRockford IceHogs (1st)
F Sammy WalkerIowa Wild (1st)
G Jesper WallstedtIowa Wild (1st)
Coach Neil GrahamTexas Stars (1st)
Pacific Division All-Stars
F Thomas BordeleauSan Jose Barracuda (1st appearance)
F Michael CarconeTucson Roadrunners (1st)
G Lukas DostalSan Diego Gulls (1st)
D Ryker EvansCoachella Valley Firebirds (1st)
F Seth GriffithBakersfield Condors (2nd)
D Brad HuntColorado Eagles (4th)
D Daniil MiromanovHenderson Silver Knights (1st)
F Matthew PhillipsCalgary Wranglers (1st)
F Andrew PoturalskiCoachella Valley Firebirds (2nd)
F TJ TynanOntario Reign (4th)
D Christian WolaninAbbotsford Canucks (2nd)
G Dustin WolfCalgary Wranglers (1st)
Coach Mitch LoveCalgary