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Brodie picked for AHL all-star game

Wednesday's news that he'd been selected for the American Hockey League all-star game put a smile on T.J. Brodie's face.
Rookie defenceman T.J. Brodie was named to the AHL all-star game on Wednesday.

Wednesday's news that he'd been selected for the American Hockey League all-star game put a smile on T.J. Brodie's face.

"I've never been on an all-star team before, even back in the OHL," enthused Brodie, who will be the Heat's lone representative on the Western Conference squad at AHL all-star classic, Jan. 30-31 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

"It'll be something new for me, and hopefully it'll be good. I'm really looking forward to it."

Brodie, a swift-skating defenceman, is tied for third on the Heat with 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 33 games to go with a -2 rating and 22 penalty minutes.

It's been quite a rookie season for the 20-year-old Dresden, Ont. native. He was a training camp sensation with the Calgary Flames in September and cracked the NHL parent club's opening-night lineup. Though he only lasted three games with the Flames before being re-assigned to Abbotsford, Brodie established himself as one of the organization's brightest prospects.

It hasn't been all smooth sailing, though. Brodie was a healthy scratch for the Heat's New Year's Eve game with the Texas Stars, and the message from head coach Jim Playfair to the offensively gifted blueliner was that he needed to simplify his game and focus on defence.

Jay Feaster, the Flames' acting general manager, told the Calgary Herald last week he thought Brodie came down to Abbotsford with a "lack of respect" for the quality of play in the AHL.

Brodie didn't dispute Feaster's analysis.

"It's not quite as fast (in the AHL), and I felt like I had more time," he explained. "When you feel you have more time, you try to do too much – or more than you should be doing.

"It's just knowing when to do things and when not to, that's the biggest thing. I'm really concentrating on the defensive side of the game. To be honest with you, that's what I got away from about a month ago."

The all-star nod, then, is an encouraging landmark for Brodie as he continues to develop his game to the point where he's an NHL regular.

"I'm just going to go there and try to enjoy myself," he said. "It'll be good to play with some of the guys around the league."

The complete list of AHL all-stars is as follows.

2011 Western Conference AHL All-Stars


Joey Crabb, Toronto

x-David Desharnais, Hamilton 

x-Alexandre Giroux, Oklahoma City (“C”)

Linus Klasen, Milwaukee 

Spencer Machacek, Chicago

Brett MacLean, San Antonio 

x-Travis Morin, Texas

Linus Omark, Oklahoma City

Max Pacioretty, Hamilton 

Michal Repik, Rochester 

Sergei Shirokov, Manitoba 

Ryan Stoa, Lake Erie


T.J. Brodie, Abbotsford 

Brian Connelly, Rockford 

Maxim Noreau, Houston

Nathan Oystrick, Peoria

x-Paul Postma, Chicago 

Brendan Smith, Grand Rapids

x-Garrett Stafford, San Antonio 

Clay Wilson, Rochester 


x-Jake Allen, Peoria

Mark Dekanich, Milwaukee 

Curtis Sanford, Hamilton

2011 Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars 


Luke Adam, Portland 

Matt Anderson, Albany

Bobby Butler, Binghamton

x-Jonathan Cheechoo, Worcester 

x-Andrew Gordon, Hershey 

Johan Harju, Norfolk 

Dustin Jeffrey, W-B/Scranton 

x-Corey Locke, Binghamton 

Kyle Palmieri, Syracuse 

Rhett Rakhshani, Bridgeport 

Jerome Samson, Charlotte 

Jeremy Williams, Connecticut 


Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack 

Steven Kampfer, Providence 

John Moore, Springfield 

x-Lawrence Nycholat, Hershey 

Bryan Rodney, Charlotte

Drew Schiestel, Portland 

Viatcheslav Voynov, Manchester 

x-Mark Wotton, Bridgeport (“C”) 


Braden Holtby, Hershey 

Martin Jones, Manchester 

x-Brad Thiessen, W-B/Scranton

x = starters