On the heels of yesterday’s NHL All-Star selections, the AHL followed suit today, announcing their rosters for the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, to be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA later this month.
Forward Sheldon Rempal and defenseman Sean Walker have been selected to represent the Ontario Reign at the event, the first career selection for both players.
Rempal is currently Ontario’s leading scorer, with 24 points (8-16-24) from 22 games played. Rempal has consistently ranked amongst the AHL’s leaders in scoring by a first-year player in both points and points-per-game, with the latter being even more relevant with Ontario and the Pacific Division playing less games than other AHL teams, plus Rempal has spent seven games in the NHL with the Kings, spread over two recalls.
The Clarkson University product is currently tied for fifth in the AHL in rookie scoring and his 1.09 points-per-game average ranks third amongst first-year players with at least 20 games played. Rempal was previously named as the AHL’s Rookie of the Month for November, as he tallied 12 points from nine games played throughout the month. The 5-10 forward has collected at least a point in 15 of the 22 AHL games he has played this season, with seven of those efforts being multi-point nights.
Walker has amassed 17 points (6-11-17) from 20 games played this season at the AHL level with Ontario, ranking second among Reign blueliners, however he led the team in scoring from the blueline at the time of his most recent recall to the NHL in mid-December. Walker’s 0.85 points-per-game pace ranks fourth in that category amongst AHL defensemen that have appeared in at least 20 games this season.
The Bowling Green graduate has also skated in the first 14 games of his NHL career this season, collecting a goal and two assists with the Kings. Walker scored his first career NHL goal just this week, a second-period tally against Colorado on December 31.
The full rosters for the AHL All-Star Classic are listed below –
Ontario has had multiple representatives in each of its three seasons in the AHL. This will be the first season that the Reign have not had a goaltender selected with Cal Petersen (2018), Jack Campbell (2017) and Peter Budaj (2016) previously participating. Last season, the Reign were represented by Petersen and forward Brett Sutter, who served as the Western Conference’s captain. In 2017, current LA Kings forward Jonny Brodzinski represented the Reign, alongside Campbell and defenseman Vincent LoVerde. LoVerde joined Budaj and forward Sean Backman in 2016. Head Coach Mike Stothers served as an All-Star Head Coach in both 2016 and 2017 for the Pacific Division.
Following the 2019 event in Springfield, Ontario will host the 2020 edition at Citizens Business Bank Arena on January 26 and 27. More details on the Reign’s All-Star event can be found HERE.
The 2019 edition will include the Skills Competition on January 27, followed by the All-Star Challenge the next night. The Skills Competition will feature the following events: Puck Control Relay, Fastest Skater, Rapid Fire, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shooting, Pass and Score, and Breakaway Relay. More details on which skills events will feature Reign players will be announced at a later date. The All-Star Challenge will consist of a round-robin, 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four AHL divisions against one another.