Rookie head coaches Jared
Bednar of the Peoria Rivermen and John Hynes of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins have been named the co-coaches of the Western Conference All-Star team
for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to take place
Jan. 30-31 in Hershey, Pa.
Hynes and Bednar earned the honor because their teams will own the best record
in their respective conference as of the pre-determined deadline, the end of
play Sunday. Hynes’s Penguins are tops in the Eastern Conference with a record
of 29-8-0-0 (.784), while Bednar’s Rivermen are leading the Western Conference
with a record of 24-10-2-1 (.689).
Bednar, 38, became Peoria’s head coach in 2010-11 after spending last season as
an assistant coach with the Abbotsford Heat. Prior to that, Bednar spent seven
seasons with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays as an assistant coach, head
coach and general manager, guiding the club to the league championship in 2009.
The native of Yorkton, Sask., had AHL stints in St. John’s and Rochester during
his nine-year playing career.
Hynes, 35, is in his
first season as head coach after serving as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s assistant
in 2009-10. He spent six seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey’s National
Team Development Program, winning three IIHF Under-18 Championships medals and
developing more than 30 future NHL players. He was also head coach of Team USA
at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships, and was an assistant on the 2004
team that won World Junior gold. The Warwick, R.I., native played collegiately
at Boston University and helped the Terriers to a national championship in
By virtue of winning the 2010 Calder Cup championship, Hershey Bears head coach
Mark French and assistant coach Troy Mann will serve as coaches of the Eastern
Conference All-Star team. It will be the second consecutive All-Star appearance
for French and Mann.
Tickets for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross –
which include admission to both the 2011 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 3
p.m. on Sunday, January 30, and the 2011 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday,
January 31 – are nearly sold out. Tickets remain available for the 2011 AHL
Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 31, 11 a.m.) and the
Post-Skills Party (January 30, 6 p.m.). Contact the Giant Center box office at
(717) 534-3911 for information.
The 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross in Hershey will
feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League, competing in the
AHL All-Star Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game, a two-day event to
be televised nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 528 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, Dan Boyle,
Daniel Briere, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Eric Fehr, Miikka
Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St.
Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.