Nearly half of the players named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic played college hockey, with 23 NCAA alums named to the rosters announced by the league on Thursday.
The players will represent each of the four AHL divisions in the two-day event, which features a skills competition on Jan. 29 and the AHL All-Star Challenge on Jan. 30. All events will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Eighteen schools have former players selected to the event. Boston University boasts three representatives, while Miami, Providence and St. Cloud State have two each.
Eight of the players selected played NCAA hockey in 2015-16.
College players have enjoyed tremendous success in the AHL, the NHL's top development league, this season. As of the end of last week former college players led the league in goals, assists, points, plus/minus, shots, shorthanded goals, power-play goals, save percentage, goals-against average, shutouts and wins.
NCAA Alumni Among AHL All-Stars
|Atlantic Division||AHL Team||NCAA Team|
|Chris Bourque||Hershey||Boston University|
|Zane McIntyre||Providence||North Dakota|
|Casey Bailey||Binghamton||Penn State|
|Charlie Lindgren||St. John's||St. Cloud State|
|Brad Hunt||Chicago||Bemidji State|
|Matt Lorito||Grand Rapids||Brown|
|Robbie Russo||Grand Rapids||Notre Dame|
|Jonny Brodzinski||Ontario||St. Cloud State|
|A.J. Greer||San Antonio||Boston University|
|Troy Grosenick||San Jose||Union|
|Brandon Montour||San Diego||Massachusetts|
|Danny O'Regan||San Jose||Boston University|