VANCOUVER, B.C. – The American Hockey League announced today the playing rosters for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic to be held at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Utica Comets forward Reid Boucher and goaltender Thatcher Demko have been named All-Stars for the first time in their respective careers.
Boucher, 24, currently leads the Comets in goals (13), points (25) and shots (88) and shares the team lead in assists (12) and power play goals (5). The 5-10, 191-pound native of Lansing, Michigan has registered two five-game point streaks this season (Oct. 7 to 28: 2-6-8 and Nov. 22 to Dec. 1: 5-3-8).
His latest five-game point streak included a career-high four point performance (2-2-4) on Dec. 1 at Bridgeport.
Demko, 22, has appeared in 22 games for the Comets this season, posting a record of 11-6-5-1 including one shutout. His .924 save percentage ranks fifth in the AHL while his 2.41 GAA ranks 10th. The 6-4,204-pound native of San Diego, California won four of his first five games to begin the season,highlighted by his first shutout of the season on Oct. 13 at Rochester and a 40-save performance on Oct. 21 at Rochester.
The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic will include the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, Jan. 28th,followed by the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 29th and the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge that evening. The Skills Competition and the All-Star Challenge will take place at the newly renovated Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in downtown Utica;all other events during the All-Star Classic will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in nearbyVerona, N.Y.