Jon Matsumoto Selected To AHL All-Star Classic
GLENS FALLS, NY - The Adirondack Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced today that center Jon Matsumoto has been selected to play for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team for the league's 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, to be played next month at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
Matsumoto, 22, is one of only two players on the Phantoms to appear in all 30 games this season and he currently leads the team in scoring with 25 points. The Ottawa, Ontario native also leads Adirondack in power play goals (5) and shots on goal (90), while being second on the team in goals (13) and tied for second in assists (12). The 6'0', 190-pound center played in his 200th career professional and AHL game last Saturday (December 26th) at Binghamton; in 201 career Pro & AHL games Matsumoto has 136 points (64 goals, 72 assists) and 149 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 16 career Calder Cup Playoff games for the Phantoms (2008 & 2009), registering seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and 14 PIMs. Matsumoto was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round, 79th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
The Canadian AHL All-Star Team comprises 24 players - 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders - born in Canada. AHL fans determined the starting lineup via on-line balloting at theahl.com, while a committee of AHL coaches selected the remainder of the roster.
Among the members of the Canadian team are 17 first-time AHL All-Stars including Manchester's Jonathan Bernier, Hamilton's Cedrick Desjardins and Texas's Brent Krahn, who are the AHL's top three goaltenders in both goals-against average and save percentage. The Canadian squad also features six former NHL first-round draft picks including Logan Couture of the Worcester Sharks and Tyler Ennis of the host Portland Pirates, the top two rookie scorers in the league. Players on the Canadian roster with previous All-Star experience include Binghamton's Martin St. Pierre and Hartford's Corey Locke, who are tied for the event's all-time scoring lead with eight career points each.
Manitoba Moose defenseman Nolan Baumgartner was selected to captain the Canadian team, and was voted to the starting lineup by fan balloting. Because the Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup championship in 2009, their current staff of head coach Mark French and assistant Troy Mann will serve as the coaches for the Canadian team; Bob Woods was promoted to assistant coach of the Washington Capitals after guiding the Bears to the title last spring.
The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, January 18 (8:00 p.m. ET) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, January 19 (6:00 p.m. ET), and will be televised live nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 492 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 94 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Rick DiPietro, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.
Tickets for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic - which include admission to both the Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game as well as an official commemorative All-Star Classic event program - are $49 (rows 1-12 in all sections) and $42 (rows 13-24 in all sections). To purchase tickets call (207) 775-3458, visit the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office or go on-line at www.portlandpirates.com.
2010 Canadian AHL All-Star Team
Goaltenders x-Jonathan Bernier, Manchester Cedrick Desjardins, Hamilton Brent Krahn, Texas
Defensemen x-Nolan Baumgartner, Manitoba ("C") Tyler Eckford, Lowell Keaton Ellerby, Rochester Danny Groulx, Worcester Mark Katic, Bridgeport Maxim Noreau, Houston Bryan Rodney, Albany x-P.K. Subban, Hamilton
Forwards x-Logan Couture, Worcester Tyler Ennis, Portland x-Alexandre Giroux, Hershey Andrew Gordon, Hershey Darren Haydar, Lake Erie Jason Jaffray, Abbotsford x-Dustin Jeffrey, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Ryan Keller, Binghamton Charles Linglet, Springfield Corey Locke, Hartford Jon Matsumoto, Adirondack Cal O'Reilly, Milwaukee Martin St. Pierre, Binghamton
Head Coach: Mark French, Hershey Bears Assistant Coach: Troy Mann, Hershey Bears Athletic Trainer: Dan Stuck, Hershey Bears Equipment Manager: Justin Kullman, Hershey Bears
The Phantoms will complete their four-game road trip down as they travel down the Northway on Wednesday, December 30th for a Time Warner Cable Cup battle with the Albany River Rats at 7:00 pm at the Times Union Center. Adirondack's next home game is on Thursday, December 31st for a special 3:00 pm face off against Albany for Round Six of the Time Warner Cable Cup series at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
There is no better way to watch Phantoms Hockey than by sharing it with a group of your family and friends. Bring a group of 15 or more people to the Glens Falls Civic Center and qualify for incredible discounted ticket prices off the regular box office rates. For more information about group tickets, contact the Phantoms at 518-480-3355 or visit www.phantomshockey.com.
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