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Smith selected for AHL All-Star Classic

Smith is first Griffins' rookie named an AHL All-Star

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 3:23 PM ET / Press Release
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith has been selected to play for the Western Conference AHL All-Star team at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, which will be held Jan. 30-31 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

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The first rookie defenseman in Griffins history to be chosen for an all-star game, Smith currently ranks among the league’s leaders with eight goals (T5th among defensemen) and 22 points (T9th among rookies, T14th among defensemen) despite missing the last four games due to injury. In addition, his 14 assists through 36 games tie for fourth on the club, while his plus-four rating places sixth.

The 21-year-old Smith, who has already enjoyed five multi-point outings and a pair of four-game point streaks this season, joins a distinguished list of defensemen who’ve represented the Griffins in all-star games: Jakub Kindl (2009), Jonathan Ericsson (2008), Derek Meech (2007), Niklas Kronwall (2005 and 2004), Travis Richards (2004 and 2001 IHL), John Gruden (2002 and 2000 IHL), Joel Kwiatkowski (2001 IHL) and Kerry Huffman (1998 IHL).

A native of Mimico, Ontario, Smith was the Red Wings’ first choice (27th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he capped off a spectacular three-year collegiate career at Wisconsin with selections to the WCHA First All-Star team, the NCAA West First All-American team, and the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team. Also chosen as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Smith helped lead the Badgers to an appearance in the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four in Detroit, following a regular-season in which he paced all NCAA defensemen and tied for second overall in the WCHA with 52 points (15 goals, 37 assists) in 42 games.

Smith will be joined on the ice in Hershey by four former Griffins: forwards Alexandre Giroux (Oklahoma City) and Jeremy Williams (Connecticut), and defensemen Garrett Stafford (San Antonio) and Clay Wilson (Rochester). In addition, former Griffins defenseman and current Peoria head coach Jared Bednar will serve as a co-coach for the Western Conference squad.

Both the 2011 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 30 (3 p.m. EST) and the 2011 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, Jan. 31 (7 p.m. EST) will be televised live nationally in the United States and Canada.
 

2011 AHL All-Star Classic Presented by Capital BlueCross
Jan. 30-31 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

2011 AHL All-Stars – Western Conference

Abbotsford – D T.J. Brodie
Chicago – F Spencer Machacek, x-D Paul Postma
Grand Rapids – D Brendan Smith
Hamilton - x-F David Desharnais, F Max Pacioretty, G Curtis Sanford
Houston – D Maxim Noreau
Lake Erie – F Ryan Stoa
Manitoba – F Sergei Shirokov
Milwaukee – F Linus Klasen, G Mark Dekanich
Oklahoma City - x-F Alex Giroux ("C"), F Linus Omark
Peoria – D Nathan Oystrick, x-G Jake Allen
Rochester – D Clay Wilson, F Michal Repik
Rockford – D Brian Connelly
San Antonio - x-D Garrett Stafford, F Brett MacLean
Texas - x-F Travis Morin
Toronto – F Joey Crabb

Co-Coaches: Jared Bednar, Peoria; John Hynes, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

2011 AHL All-Stars – Eastern Conference

Adirondack – D Erik Gustafsson
Albany – F Matt Anderson
Binghamton - x-F Corey Locke, F Bobby Butler
Bridgeport - x-D Mark Wotton ("C"), F Rhett Rakhshani
Charlotte – F Jerome Samson, D Bryan Rodney
Connecticut – F Jeremy Williams
Hershey - x-F Andrew Gordon, x-D Lawrence Nycholat, G Braden Holtby
Manchester – D Viatcheslav Voynov, G Martin Jones
Norfolk – F Johan Harju
Portland – F Luke Adam, D Drew Schiestel
Providence – D Steven Kampfer
Springfield – D John Moore
Syracuse – F Kyle Palmieri
Wilkes-Barre/Scratnon – F Dustin Jeffrey, x-G Brad Thiessen
Worcester - x-F Jonathan Cheechoo

Head Coach: Mark French, Hershey; Assistant Coach: Troy Mann, Hershey

x-starters, as determined by fan balloting





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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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