Rempal, Walker named as AHL All-Stars - LA Kings Insider

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.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.