In other All-Star news, this time from the American Hockey League, the Albany Devils are sending two representatives to the annual all-star gathering in their league.
The AHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on January 30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The AHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place the night before at the same venue. The AHL All-Star Game uses a similar format as its NHL equivalent, pitting the league’s four divisions against each other in a round robin style tournament. Each game will be three-on-three and last ten minutes. The difference from the NHL being that there will be six games played and that the championship game will be three-on-three for six minutes. The teams with the two best records following the round robin will face off in the championship game.
The Albany Devils are sending Joe Blandisi and John Quenneville to this year’s festivities. Both will represent the AHL’s North Division, where the A-Devils currently stand in second place behind only the Syracuse Crunch.
Blandisi, who is 22 years-old and has spent some time in the NHL (41 games last season) with the New Jersey Devils, this season is fourth on the A-Devils in points. He has 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points over 24 games. This is his first AHL All-Star Game.
Quenneville is 20 years-old and is tops on Albany in points (10 goals, 17 assists for 27 points). His goals rank third on the team and his assists are first. The press release put out by the Albany Devils also states that he leads the A-Devils in power play goals, assists and points with 5 PPGs, 9 assists with the extra man for 14 power play points. He has NHL experience in a handful of games played earlier this season. This is his first AHL All-Star Game as well.
Both men will be participating in the festivities barring being called up to the NHL club, which is a real possibility due to the New Jersey Devils’ lack of offensive firepower lately.
Congratulations to both players on this tremendous honor.