Ontario Hockey League Announces Rosters for 2008 OHL All-Star Classic in Sault Ste. Marie
January 15, 2008 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) News Release
Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the rosters of players that will compete in the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic at the Steelback Centre in Sault Ste. Marie on February 5 and 6, 2008.
The rosters of 20 players to represent each of the Eastern and Western Conferences were selected by the management teams of Dave Torrie of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Dave Barr of the Guelph Storm for the Western Conference and George Burnett of the Belleville Bulls and Jeff Twohey of the Peterborough Petes for the Eastern Conference. They were required to include at least one player from each team in the OHL and the rosters were limited to three overage players and two Import players.
"It is always a challenge to select the rosters of players that will compete in this game," said OHL Commissioner David Branch. "There are so many players deserving of the honour of playing in the game and we're confident that our management teams have put together the very best rosters possible. We are fortunate to have another outstanding crop of players that will play in the OHL All-Star Classic this year and look forward to what is sure to be an outstanding event."
The Western Conference All-Star team will be coached by Mike Vellucci of the Plymouth Whalers, who was named OHL coach of the year last year after guiding the Whalers to the OHL Championship. Mike Foligno of the Sudbury Wolves will coach the Eastern Conference squad after guiding the Wolves to the Eastern Conference championship last year.
The OHL All-Star Classic rosters include all 10 OHL members of Canada's gold medal winning National Junior Team.
Matt Halischuk and Steve Mason of the Kitchener Rangers, Wayne Simmonds and Josh Godfrey of the Greyhounds Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting and Drew Doughty of the Guelph Storm will represent the West while Shawn Matthias and P.K. Subban of the Belleville Bulls, John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals and Stefan Legein of the Niagara IceDogs will represent the East.
The game will also feature four of the top five North American prospects for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Stamkos and Doughty were rated first and second respectively in the NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings announced last week while Zach Bogosian (third) of the Peterborough Petes and Alex Pietrangelo (fifth) of the Niagara IceDogs will suit up for the Eastern Conference.
"We are very proud to host the OHL All-Star Classic in the new Steelback Centre and the community of Sault Ste. Marie," Branch said. "We extend our most sincere appreciation to Dr. Lou Lukenda, Dr. George Shunock as well as Frank Sarlo, chair of the organizing committee, and the entire Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' organization for all of their efforts in hosting this event."
2008 OHL All-Star Classic Rosters
Western Conference All-Stars
Steve Mason, Kitchener Rangers
Jeremy Smith, Plymouth Whalers
Michael Caruso, Guelph Storm
Wes Cunningham, Plymouth Whalers
Drew Doughty, Guelph Storm
Josh Godfrey, S.S. Marie Greyhounds
David Kolomatis, Owen Sound Attack
Yannick Weber, Kitchener Rangers
Justin Azevedo, Kitchener Rangers
Jack Combs, Saginaw Spirit
Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Matt Halischuk, Kitchener Rangers
Justin Hodgman, Erie Otters
Dustin Jeffrey, S.S. Marie Greyhounds
Pat Maroon, London Knights
Wayne Simmonds, S.S. Marie Greyhounds
Bradley Snetsinger, Windsor Spitfires
Nick Spaling, Kitchener Rangers
Steve Stamkos, Sarnia Sting
Chris Terry, Plymouth Whalers
Dave Torrie, S.S. Marie Greyhounds
Dave Barr, Guelph Storm
Mike Vellucci, Plymouth Whalers
Todd Watson, Saginaw Spirit
Eastern Conference All-Stars
Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
Bryan Pitton, Brampton Battalion
Zach Bogosian, Peterborough Petes
Tyler Cuma, Ottawa 67's
Ryan McGinnis, Oshawa Generals
Alex Pietrangelo, Niagara IceDogs
Bobby Sanguinetti, Brampton Battalion
P.K. Subban, Belleville Bulls
Matt Beleskey, Belleville Bulls
Luca Caputi, Niagara IceDogs
Logan Couture, Ottawa 67's
Kaspars Daugavins, Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
Stefan Legein, Niagara IceDogs
Brett MacLean, Oshawa Generals
Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Alex Hutchings, Barrie Colts
Shawn Matthias, Belleville Bulls
Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs
Jared Staal, Sudbury Wolves
John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
George Burnett, Belleville Bulls
Jeff Twohey, Peterborough Petes
Mike Foligno, Sudbury Wolves
Bryan Verreault, Sudbury Wolves
About the OHL All-Star Classic
The 2008 OHL All-Star Classic will feature 40 of the league's brightest stars in an Eastern Conference versus Western Conference showdown format. It is a two-day event that includes the OHL All-Star Skills Competition and Three-on-Three Game on Tuesday February 5, along with the All-Star Luncheon and OHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday February 6.
The OHL All-Star Game was first played in 1977 in Sudbury when the Emms Division defeated the Leyden Division 6-5 in overtime. The Emms vs. Leyden format continued for nine seasons through 1985 following which the game was replaced by the OHL/QMJHL All-Star Challenge Series. The East-West format was re-introduced for the 2004 OHL All-Star Classic in Peterborough. Last year's contest was held in Saginaw, Michigan where the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 13-9. Steven Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting and Hunter Tremblay of the Barrie Colts were the players of the game.
The OHL All-Star Classic was last hosted in Sault Ste. Marie in 1979 when Gary Green led the Leyden Division to an 8-6 win over the Emms Division squad coached by the late Bert Templeton. That game included current Greyhounds' coach Craig Hartsburg on defence as well as Mike Foligno, who will coach the Eastern Conference squad in this year's game.
The OHL All-Star Game has featured many of the league's most famous graduates, including current NHL stars Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Patrick Kane.
The 2008 OHL All-Star Classic is supported by OHL partners Boston Pizza, All Weather Windows, Subway, NAPA and Reebok.
2008 OHL All-Star Classic Itinerary
Tuesday February 5, 2008
4:30 p.m. Media Reception and Player Introduction - Steelback Centre
7:00 p.m. All-Star Skills Competition and Three-on-Three Game - Steelback Centre
8:30 p.m. Player autograph session - Steelback Centre
Wednesday February 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. Team East - Game day skate and team photo - Steelback Centre
10:00 a.m. Team West - Game day skate and team photo - Steelback Centre
11:30 a.m. All-Star Luncheon
7:00 p.m. OHL All-Star Classic
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