Today has been a day of news regarding All-Star games and additions to their rosters. Following on the heels of the ECHL’s announcement that Idaho’s Justin Fyten had been added to the All-Star Game roster, the Texas Stars announced that two of the Dallas Stars’ top prospects – forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak had garnered All-Star honors, themselves.
Fraser and Oleksiak have been standouts for the Texas Stars all season, and there’s some validation in seeing the AHL add them to the All Star Game roster. Fraser played in last year’s All-Star Game; this year would be Oleksiak’s first.
Oleksiak is currently with the Dallas Stars, as they wrap up a lockout-shortened Training Camp. There is a chance he would have to pass on the AHL All-Star Game honor if Dallas chooses to keep him on the roster for the start of the season, depending on the length of his stay.
Read the Stars’ full release about the announcement below.
CEDAR PARK, TX – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that left wing Matt Fraser and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak have been selected to represent the Stars and the Western Conference at the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence.
Fraser, 22, leads the Stars and ranks fourth in the AHL in goals (18) and is tied for the league lead in power play goals (9). The Red Deer, Alberta native has 22 points (18 goals, 4 assists) and a +7 rating in 39 games played and is one of only two Stars players to appear in every game so far this season. Fraser will be making his second consecutive appearance at the AHL All-Star Classic after playing for the Western Conference All-Stars at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City.
Oleksiak, 20, has skated in 38 games for Texas this season, recording 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-6 rating. The 6-foot-7 Toronto, Ontario native was Dallas’ first-round selection (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Oleksiak is currently called up with Dallas for the Stars’ NHL training camp.
The AHL announced the two full rosters of the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic Thursday. Each team comprises 24 players: 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star. The 2013 squads feature 33 first-time AHL All-Stars, 12 rookies and 12 former first- and second-round draft choices.
Luke Richardson of the Binghamton Senators and Jon Cooper of the Syracuse Crunch will coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team; Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies and Jeff Daniels of the Charlotte Checkers will guide the Western Conference club.
Beginning Friday and until Jan. 24, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the starting lineups for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game by visiting facebook.com/theahl and completing the official CCM AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. Voters will also be entered to win prizes of a team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star stick (two) and team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star commemorative programs (10).
Tickets for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting www.providencebruins.com. All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.
The full rosters for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic can be viewed at www.theahl.com
Texas continues its six-game road trip on Friday, January 18th with a chance for instant revenge against the Chicago Wolves at 7:00 p.m. at Allstate Arena. The Stars return home on Saturday, January 26th to square off with the San Antonio Rampage at 7:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. January 26th is Francis Wathier Mini Bobble Head Giveaway Night, presented by Cedar Park Jewelry. Pro-rated full and partial 2012-13 season seat packages are on sale now. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.