AHL All Star Game and Skills Competition
Kristopher Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury are not the only Penguin All Stars this weekend.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have 5 players and a coach at the AHL All Star Game in Hershey, Pennsylvania this weekend.
Dustin Jeffrey, Brad Thiessen, and Head Coach John Hynes were selected to the All Star Team on January 11.
Dustin Jeffrey was selected to his second All Star Game in a row but he has/will not attend the event due to a death in his family.
Brad Thiessen was set to be the starter for the Eastern Conference in the ASG but he is sitting out the game and skills competition due to a “minor tweak in his leg.”
As a result of Jeffrey and Thiessen skipping the game and another injury from a Portland defensemen, Eric Tangradi, John Curry, and Robert Bortuzzo were added to the All Star roster.
That gives the team 5 All Stars, most in the AHL.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Head Coach John Hynes will be coaching against his players tonight during the All Star Game.
The coach of the reigning Calder Cup Champion is selected to coach his conference, in this case Hershey’s Mark French and staff will coach the East.
Then the coaches from the top two teams from each conference team up to coach the other All Star Squad. Hynes will coach the Western Conference with Peoria’s Coach Jared Bednar.
The Skills Competition will be shown on TV today at 5 p.m. on FSN Pittsburgh followed by the live AHL All Star Game at 7 p.m. on FSN Pittsburgh and NHL Network.
The Skills Competition for the AHL is usually more entertaining than its NHL counterpart so I suggest tuning in, even if it is just to see this shootout goal by Milwaukee’s Linus Klasen: