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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
On Thursday afternoon, the American Hockey League announced the playing rosters for the All-Star Classic which will be held in Allentown at the PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms January 29 and 30, later this month.
Joining Penguins Head Coach Clark Donatelli, who will lead the Atlantic Division All-Stars, will be Jake Guentzel and Tristan Jarry.
Two safe picks as all-stars in my opinion. Other Penguins who could have went include Oskar Sundqvist, David Warsofsky and Casey DeSmith.
Playing rosters consist of just 10 skaters and two goalies and every team in the division has to be represented, so while arguments could be made for Sundqvist, Warsofsky and DeSmith, let’s not get greedy here.
As for representation, Lehigh Valley as the host will send three guys, Hershey will send two with Chris Bourque acting as the playing captain, a distinction bestowed upon him a month ago by the AHL and Providence will send a pair as well. Everyone else (Springfield, Hartford, Bridgeport and Springfield) will send one player each.
Elsewhere in the AHL with ties to Wilkes-Barre, Ryan Craig will act as playing captain of the Western Conference teams, Craig won a Calder Cup with the Lake Erie, now Cleveland, Monsters for the Central Division. Kasperi Kapanen is a name familiar with Wilkes-Barre having played here a few seasons ago. He will represent the Toronto Marlies in the North Division.
Talk to you tomorrow when Hershey is in for the first of two with our South Central Pennsylvania rivals. Gameday setup hits the blog at 3 p.m. Friday.
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