Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Heat, proud AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, announced today in conjunction with the American Hockey League that forward Andrew Mangiapane and defenseman RasmusAndersson have been named to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino in Utica, New York, which takes place on January 28 and 29.
“We’re extremely proud of the work our team in Stockton has put in this season and know that there were a lot of worthy All-Star candidates on our roster,” Heat General Manager Brad Pascall said. “In the case of both Andrew and Rasmus, their hard work has led them to have opportunities to play NHL games this season. We’re excited for the continued development of all of our prospects, and we’re looking forward to watching their careers continue to blossom.”
Mangiapane, 21, currently finds himself in Calgary after he received his first ever call to the Calgary Flames on New Year’s Eve, making his NHL debut that night against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bolton, Ontario native leads the Heat with 14 goals and 33 points and is still tied for sixth in points among AHL skaters. This is his first All-Star selection in just his second season pro.
Andersson, 21, has had a terrific start to his season, recording 3 goals and 19 points and a plus-14 rating in 26 games with the Stockton Heat this season, has been called up to the Flames twice and made his season debut with the Flames back on November 5. The second round, 53rd overall, selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by Calgary is tied for 13th among AHL defenseman in points this season with 19 and in plus/minus with his plus-14 rating. This is Andersson’s first All-Star selection in just his second season pro.
Oddly enough, Mangiapane and Andersson have been teammates ever since 2014-15, playing junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Barrie Colts with both players turning pro with the Stockton Heat during the 2016-17 season. After Andersson was taken in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Mangiapane would find himself taken by the Flames in the sixth round, 166th overall.
Both players join Derek Grant (2015-16) and Mark Jankowski (2016-17) as Heat representatives at the AHL All-Star Classic. Joining Mangiapane and Andersson on the Pacific Division All-Star team will be Ty Rattie(BAK), Cal Petersen (ONT), Brett Sutter (ONT), Rocco Grimaldi (SA), Jordan Schmaltz (SA), Andy Welinski (SD), Antoine Bibeau (SJ), Curtis McKenzie (TEX), Nick Merkley (TUC) and Dylan Strome (TUC). Ontario’s Brett Sutter will serve as the captain of the Pacific Division while Tucson’s Mike Van Ryn will serve as the Head Coach.
Stockton’s six-game homestand continues as the team hosts the San Antonio Rampage for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6 at Stockton Arena.
It’s another Fry Day presented by Golden State Restaurant Group McDonald’s on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Eat at a participating McDonald’s locations on Thursday or Friday and bring your receipt to the Stockton Arena Ticket Office for a buy one, get one free ticket.
Then on Saturday it’s a 6:00 p.m. start against the Rampage during Western Night, where the first 1,000 fans will receive a foam Heat cowboy hat! It’s also Hockey Night in Stockton presented by Budweiser. Fans 21-years-old and over can purchase a Bud and Burger combo for just $15!
For tickets call 209.373.1500 or visit stocktonheat.com/tickets!
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