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Cory Conacher and Connor Ingram Named 2019 AHL All-Stars

January 3, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The American Hockey League has announced forward Cory Conacher and goaltender Connor Ingram will join Head Coach Benoit Groulx in representing the Syracuse Crunch on the North Division team at the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield to be held Jan. 27-28 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Conacher, 29, has accumulated 36 points (13g, 23a) in 27 games this season. He is tied for the Crunch lead in both total points and assists and is tied for fourth in the league in total points. His 18 power-play points are tied for the league lead, while his 15 assists on the man-advantage also pace the AHL. The Burlington, Ontario native recorded 25 points (10g, 15a) during a league-high 12-game scoring streak from Nov. 3 to Dec. 7. Conacher was named CCM/AHL Player of the Month in November, which included seven consecutive multiple-point games. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward is on the second year of a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning and has appeared in one game with the Lightning this season. He was re-signed to a one-year, one-way deal with the Bolts on Oct. 17. This is Conacher's third AHL All-Star Classic appearance. He was previously named an AHL All-Star in 2012 and 2017.

Ingram, 21, has posted a 9-5-0 record along with a 2.44 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 14 games this season. His save percentage ranks fourth in the league, while his goals-against average is good for seventh. The Imperial, Saskatchewan native is tied for the league lead with four shutouts this season, including back-to-back shutouts on Nov. 24 and Dec. 7. Ingram was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 25, 2018 after winning all three of his starts, allowing a total of four goals on 90 shots (3-0-0, 1.33, .956). The 6-foot-2, 196-pound netminder is in the second year of his entry-level contract with the Lightning. This is his first AHL All-Star Classic appearance.

The complete 2019 AHL All-Star Classic roster is below:

Atlantic Division All-Stars

D Sebastian Aho, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1st appearance)

F Henrik Borgstrom, Springfield Thunderbirds (1st)

D Trevor Carrick, Charlotte Checkers (2nd)

F Greg Carey, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1st)

F Michael Dal Colle, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1st)

F Ryan Fitzgerald, Providence Bruins (1st)

D John Gilmour, Hartford Wolf Pack (2nd)

F Janne Kuokkanen, Charlotte Checkers (1st)

F Colin McDonald ("C"), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3rd)

G Sam Montembeault, Springfield Thunderbirds (1st)

D Ethan Prow, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1st)

G Vitek Vanecek, Hershey Bears (1st)

Coach: Mike Vellucci, Charlotte Checkers (1st)

North Division All-Stars

F Drake Batherson, Belleville Senators (1st appearance)

F Alex Belzile, Laval Rocket (1st)

G Mackenzie Blackwood, Binghamton Devils (1st)

F Reid Boucher, Utica Comets (2nd)

F Cory Conacher, Syracuse Crunch (3rd)

F Zac Dalpe, Cleveland Monsters (1st)

G Connor Ingram, Syracuse Crunch (1st)

F Trevor Moore, Toronto Marlies (1st)

D Lawrence Pilut, Rochester Americans (1st)

F John Quenneville, Binghamton Devils (1st)

D Zach Redmond, Rochester Americans (2nd)

D Calle Rosen, Toronto Marlies (1st)

Coach: Benoit Groulx, Syracuse Crunch (2nd)

Central Division All-Stars

F Mason Appleton, Manitoba Moose (2nd appearance)

D Erik Brannstrom, Chicago Wolves (1st)

D Andrew Campbell ("C"), Rockford IceHogs (1st)

F Daniel Carr, Chicago Wolves (1st)

G Collin Delia, Rockford IceHogs (1st)

D Matt Donovan, Milwaukee Admirals (2nd)

F Denis Gurianov, Texas Stars (1st)

G Kaapo Kahkonen, Iowa Wild (1st)

F Jordan Kyrou, San Antonio Rampage (1st)

F Cal O'Reilly, Iowa Wild (5th)

F Brandon Pirri, Chicago Wolves (3rd)

F Chris Terry, Grand Rapids Griffins (4th)

Coach: Tim Army, Iowa Wild (1st)

Pacific Division All-Stars

F Andrew Agozzino, Colorado Eagles (2nd appearance)

D Kyle Capobianco, Tucson Roadrunners (2nd)

G Pavel Francouz, Colorado Eagles (1st)

F Joe Gambardella, Bakersfield Condors (1st)

F Conor Garland, Tucson Roadrunners (1st)

G Josef Korenar, San Jose Barracuda (1st)

F Curtis Lazar, Stockton Heat (1st)

D Jacob Middleton, San Jose Barracuda (1st)

F Francis Perron, San Jose Barracuda (1st)

F Sheldon Rempal, Ontario Reign (1st)

F Troy Terry, San Diego Gulls (1st)

D Sean Walker, Ontario Reign (1st)

Coach: Roy Sommer, San Jose Barracuda (3rd)

Each of the AHL's four divisions will be represented by 12 players. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 31 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.

The 2019 rosters feature 35 first-time AHL All-Stars and 13 former first- or second-round draft choices. In addition, 26 of the All-Stars named have been recalled to the National Hockey League already this season, including standouts Michael Dal Colle of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (N.Y. Islanders), Mackenzie Blackwood of the Binghamton Devils (New Jersey), Lawrence Pilut of the Rochester Americans (Buffalo), Collin Delia of the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago), Drake Batherson of the Belleville Senators (Ottawa) and Brandon Pirri of the Chicago Wolves (Vegas).

Charlotte Checkers head coach Mike Vellucci, Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, Iowa Wild head coach Tim Army and San Jose Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer will serve as coaches for the event.

The 2019 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 27 (7 p.m. ET) will pit the All-Stars from the two Eastern Conference divisions against those from the two Western Conference divisions in seven skills events.

In the 2019 AHL All-Star Challenge on Jan. 28 (7 p.m. 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 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield are priced at $39, $49, $59 and $99, and include admission to both the Skills Competition on Jan. 27 and the All-Star Challenge on Jan. 28. Tickets are available now at springfieldthunderbirds.com/allstar.

The 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield 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 Jake Allen, Patrice Bergeron, Ben Bishop, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Connor Hellebuyck, Braden Holtby, Tyler Johnson, Martin Jones, Jonathan Marchessault, Brandon Montour, William Nylander, Zach Parise, Mikko Rantanen, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Jason Spezza, P.K. Subban 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 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 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. In 2017-18, over 6 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America for the 17th year in a row.

Single game tickets and packages for the 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Arena at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch) using #SyrCrunch.


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