SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced changes to the playing rosters for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held January 26-27 in Ontario, Calif.
Bakersfield Condors forward Tyler Benson and Tucson Roadrunners forward Brayden Burke have been added to the Pacific Division team roster for the event.
Benson, a second-round draft pick by Edmonton in 2016, has tallied 32 points in 36 games with the Condors this season; he finished second among all AHL rookies with 66 points in 2018-19.
Burke, also a second-year pro, has recorded 16 goals and 17 assists in 33 games this season, already matching his point total from his entire rookie campaign with Tucson.
In addition, the AHL announced that Bakersfield’s Kailer Yamamoto and Stockton’s Matthew Phillips will be unavailable for the event.
Rosters as of Jan. 17
Tickets for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, which include admission to both the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 26, and the AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday, Jan. 27, are available now by visiting ontarioreign.com/allstar.
The 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: since 1995, more than 95 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, including Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Binnington, Ben Bishop, John Carlson, Zdeno Chara, Logan Couture, Connor Hellebuyck, Braden Holtby, Tyler Johnson, Andreas Johnsson, Martin Jones, Jonathan Marchessault, Brandon Montour, William Nylander, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Mikko Rantanen, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Dylan Strome, P.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.
In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2018-19, over 7 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America.