Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proudly owned by the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announce with the American Hockey League that rookie forward Mark Jankowski has been named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross to be held on January 29 and 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Jankowski, 22, has played 26 games for the Heat this season and is tied for the team lead with 23 points (8-15-23), a mark that also finds him tied for seventh among all rookie scorers in the AHL. The first-year Heat forward is one of 13 rookies to be selected league wide for the All-Star game and one of six rookie skaters given the nod for the Pacific Division Team.
MARK JANKOWSKI – CENTER
BORN: St. Catharines, ON DATE: September 13, 1994
HEIGHT: 6’4’’ WEIGHT: 215 lbs.
DRAFTED: 1st round (21st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft
The 6-4, 215 lb. centerman signed with the Flames on March 30, 2016 and joining the Heat for the final 8 games on the 2015-16 schedule. During his short stint with the Heat last year, Jankowski recorded 6 points (2-4-6) in his first 8 games pro, including his first pro point during his pro debut on April 1, 2016. In total, Jankowski has recorded 29 points (10-19-29) in 34 games in the AHL.
While young, Jankowski has picked up a number of accolades in his hockey career, including being named as the Midwest Prep Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player in 2011-12, which led to him being drafted in the first round, 21st overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Jankowski committed to Providence College (NCAA) in September of that year and would add a NCAA National Championship to his accomplishments in 2014-15 and was also named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Prior to his All-Star selection, Jankowski earned his first NHL call-up to Calgary on November 25, 2016 and made his NHL debut for the Flames on November 28 in Brooklyn, New York as the Flames visited the New York Islanders.
Jankowski now becomes the second ever AHL All-Star for the Stockton Heat following Derek Grant, who won the fastest skater competition last year.
The AHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. PST featuring events like the puck control relay, fastest skater competition, rapid fire, hardest shot, accuracy shooting, pass and score drill and the breakaway relay and will pit the Western Conference against the Eastern Conference.
The AHL All-Star Challenge will follow on Monday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. PST pitting each division in an exciting 3-on-3 tournament. The teams will participate in a round-robin tournament, featuring six games of 10 minutes each with the two teams with the best records at the end facing off for the championship.
Since 1995, 93% of All-Star Game participants have gone on to compete in the NHL.