for the right to compete for the Calder Cup, the league
As the AHL
season draws to a close and teams continue to battle it out for the right to
compete for the Calder Cup, the league took some time off from the fierce team
competition to honor some individual efforts, naming the first and second teams
of AHL All-Stars, as well as the All-Rookie Team.
were selected by the players and media in each of the 28 AHL cities, with 12
clubs having at least one player voted onto the squads. Players that were named
to the post-season teams will be given a special gift in honor of their
First All-Star Team
Jason LaBarbera, G, Hartford Wolf Pack – Simply
put, LaBarbera was stellar between the pipes this
year for the Hartford Wolf Pack, going 30-8-9 through 54 games, while writing
his name in the record books by attaining 12 shutouts. LaBarbera’s
season also included three games in the NHL with the Rangers.
Bryan Muir, D, Manchester Monarchs – To say
that Muir stood out this season is an understatement. The
contributed solidly on both ends of the rink, recording 48 points and a +22
rating. Muir also showed his physicality when needed, racking up 134 penalty
minutes in his 67 games thus far.
Curtis Murphy, D, Milwaukee Admirals – The
leading scorer among defenseman this season, Murphy earned his second
consecutive First Team berth for strong play that has included a league-high +38
third-straight AHL All-Star game this season, while not missing a game for the
third year in a row.
Denis Hamel, LW, Binghamton Senators –
Considered by many to be one of the Ottawa Senators’ brightest prospects, Hamel
continued to show promise this season by racking up 63 points in his first year
in Binghamton. Invaluable on the penalty-kill, Hamel shares the league lead
with four short-handed goals.
Eric Perrin, C, Hershey Bears – Hershey’s faceoff man took his game to a new level this year,
counting 75 points in 71 games thus far. He currently sits atop the assist
list, with 54 helpers. Along the way, he was named to the starting line-up for
the Canadian Team at the AHL All-Star game, and made his big-league debut with
Jeff Hamilton, RW, Bridgeport Sound Tigers – The
leading goal-scorer in the AHL this season, Hamilton established a new record
for game-winning goals with 15, beating the 50 year-old mark set by Dunc Fisher.
when you consider that he missed 13 games with an eye injury.
Second All-Star Team
Wade Dubielewicz, G, Bridgeport Sound Tigers –
post-season All-Star earned his way onto the team by sheer force. The rookie goaltender had a stellar
season that has seen him earn a 1.42 GAA, which, if it stands, will break the
AHL record. Dubielewicz, who was also named to the
All-Rookie Team, made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders on March 25.
John Slaney, D, Philadelphia Phantoms – The
Phantoms’ top defenseman proved he’s still one of the top blueliners
in the league by earning his third post-season berth in four years. The
two-time Eddie Shore Award winner has put up 42 points in just 53 games this
season while becoming the all-time scoring leader for the league.
Garrett Stafford, D, Cleveland Barons – The
Cleveland Baron standout received double honors, also earning a spot on the
The lone representative for the Barons at the AHL All-Star Game,
Rookie of the Month in January.
Steve Maltais, LW, Chicago Wolves –
post-season All-Star award, picking up 58 points thus far. Maltais
captained the Wolves to the 2002 Calder Cup, and looks to do so again this
season. One of the senior members of the All-Star squad, Maltais
has played 1,160 pro hockey games, amassing 1,226 points.
Brad Boyes, C, Providence Bruins – Boyes followed up a 2003 All-Rookie-Team honor by scoring
67 points in 71 games. The
since the 1995-96 season to begin his AHL career with back-to-back 30-goal
campaigns. He was acquired by the Boston Bruins at the NHL trade deadline,
after beginning his season in the San Jose Sharks organization.
Pavel Rosa, RW,
Manchester Monarchs – Rosa has been spectacular for
and leads all forwards with a +36 rating.
games, and also picked up his first goal in five years in NHL play on February
AHL First Team All-Stars
G: Jason LaBarbera,
C: Eric Perrin,
Hamilton, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
AHL Second Team All-Stars
G: Wade Dubielewicz, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
D: John Slaney,
L: Steve Maltais,
C: Brad Boyes,
R: Pavel Rosa,
AHL All-Rookie Team
G: Wade Dubielewicz, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
F: Michel Ouellet, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
F: Timofei Shishkanov,