American Hockey League announced Friday that Peoria Rivermen forward T.J. Hensick have been added to the
Western Conference roster for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by
Capital BlueCross, to take place in Hershey, Pa., on Jan. 30-31. Ilari Filppula of the Grand Rapids Griffins
has also been added to the roster.
and Filppuka replace Hamilton Bulldogs forwards David Desharnais and Max
Pacioretty, who will both miss the event while on recall to the NHL's Montreal
25, will make his third trip to the AHL All-Star Classic in four professional
seasons after appearing in the 2008 and 2010 events as a member of the Lake
Erie Monsters. In his first year with the St. Louis Blues organization, Hensick
leads all Peoria skaters in both assists (27) and points (37) in 31 games and
has also contributed one assist in five NHL contests for St. Louis.
Howell, Mich., native was a third-round draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in
2005. He will join goaltender Jake Allen
(starter), defenseman Nathan Oystrick and head coach Jared Bednar as the
29, is in his first North American professional season and leads the Griffins
in scoring with 13 goals and 18 points for 31 points in 41 games. A native of
Vantaa, Finland, Filppula is the older brother of current Detroit Red Wings
forward Valtteri Filppula, who was an AHL All-Star himself in 2006 while
playing for Grand Rapids.
2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross in Hershey will
feature the top 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.