Jan. 10, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In his first season of professional hockey, former Miami University standout Andy Greene has been selected to play in the 2007 Rbk Hockey American Hockey League All-Star Classic. The AHL today announced the Canadian and PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team rosters for the game set to be played later this month at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. The Canadian team comprises players born in Canada, while the PlanetUSA team is made of players born outside of Canada.
In 37 games for the Lowell Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, Greene has three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, while owning a +4 rating. He has registered one power-play goal and accrued 14 minutes in penalties. A two-time all-American at Miami, Greene finished his career in Red and White with 114 points on 27 goals and 87 assists, and is Miami's career leader in both games played (159) and consecutive games played (159). He was an all-league selection three times and earned both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Best Offensive and Defensive Defenseman awards as a senior. He signed with the Devils at the end of the 2005-06 season.
AHL President and CEO David Andrews made the announcement as part of a press event at the Air Canada Centre yesterday. He was joined by Andy Bathgate, Hockey Hall of Fame AHL All-Star Classic Honoree; Steve Thomas, AHL All-Star Classic honorary captain; former AHL All-Stars Peter Laviolette and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Kyle Wellwood of the Toronto Maple Leafs; and current Leafs and former Marlies head coach Paul Maurice.
Thirty-four of the 48 selections are heading to their first AHL All-Star Classic, including team captains Mike Keane of the Manitoba Moose (Canada) and Kip Miller of the Grand Rapids Griffins (PlanetUSA), and standout rookies including Brett Sterling of the Chicago Wolves, Ryan Callahan of the Hartford Wolf Pack, Dustin Boyd of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, Drew Stafford of the Rochester Americans, Matt Lashoff of the Providence Bruins and Marek Schwarz of the Peoria Rivermen.
The head coach of the Canadian All-Star team will be Bruce Boudreau, by virtue of his leading the Hershey Bears to the 2006 Calder Cup championship. Boudreau, a Toronto native and former AHL MVP who also played for the junior Marlies and the NHL Maple Leafs, will be making his second appearance behind an AHL All-Star bench. The head coach of the PlanetUSA team will come from the AHL club with the best points percentage after play on Jan. 14.
The 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic will take place at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, home of the AHL's Toronto Marlies. The event features the 2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 28 (7:00 ET) and the 2007 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 29 (7:00 ET), and will be televised live on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and on a network of regional broadcast partners in the United States.
Of the 394 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Daniel Briere, Jonathan Cheechoo, Pavol Demitra, Rick DiPietro, Patrik Elias, Ray Emery, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Dwayne Roloson, Marc Savard, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal, Steve Sullivan and Kyle Wellwood.
Former RedHawk Andy Greene