The American Hockey League announced today the playing rosters for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, to be held January 28-29 in Utica, N.Y.
Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 12 players. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star. Among those named to the roster are: Luke Kunin, Cal Petersen, Kasperi Kapanen, and Vinnie Hinostroza.
Vinnie Hinostroza – Rockford IceHogs
Hinostroza led the IceHogs and ranked 11th in the AHL in points prior to being recalled by the Blackhawks on Dec. 8. The 5-10, 180-lbs forward collected nine goals, 13 assists and a +7 rating through his 22 appearances with Rockford, and notched a team season-high six-game point streak from Oct. 14-25. Hinostroza also potted a pair of game-winning shootout goals to help lead the IceHogs to back-to-back victories against Grand Rapids on Nov. 18 and Chicago on Nov. 19.
The Chicago, Ill. native made his Rockford debut in 2014-15 and became the franchise’s first rookie to lead the team in points after compiling 51 points in 2015-16. Overall, Hinostroza has amassed 30g-52a-82pts in 109 career AHL games with the IceHogs from 2014-18, and 8g-10a-18pts in 65 career NHL games with Chicago.
Kasperi Kapanen – Toronto Marlies
Kapanen has played in 20 games with the Marlies this season, recording 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists). Kapanen has also played six games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, scoring two goals. He was selected to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic but missed the event due to an injury. In his fourth AHL season, Kapanen has played in 111 games, recording 85 points (37 goals, 48 assists).
Luke Kunin – Iowa Wild
Kunin becomes the fourth player in Iowa Wild history to earn the honor of playing in the mid-season classic.
The Chesterfield, MO native’s nomination comes in his rookie season with the Wild, where he’s posted 11 points (7g, 4a) in 20 games. The 6-foot, 195-pound winger has also played 17 games with Minnesota in the National Hockey League (NHL), where he has scored four points (2g, 2a). Kunin was drafted by Minnesota in the first round (15th overall) at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Cal Petersen – Ontario Reign
Petersen has posted an 8-6-0 record from 15 AHL games played this season and is currently ranked first amongst qualified rookie goaltenders in goals against average (2.34) and save percentage (.920). Petersen has posted two shutouts this season which is tied for first in the AHL amongst all goaltenders.
The 23-year-old Petersen is a 6-1, 182-pound native of Waterloo, IA playing in his first season in the American Hockey League.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic will feature a 3-on-3 tournament with each of the league’s four divisions — Atlantic, North, Central and Pacific — being represented. Rosters for each team will be comprised of 10 skaters and two goaltenders each, and each of the 30 AHL teams will be represented by at least one All-Star player.
The teams will participate in a round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each, played entirely at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3.