Billins, Street Named to AHL All-Star Team

Ryan Pike
January 09 2014 01:27PM

As we prepare for tonight's contest between the Calgary Flames and the St. Louis Blues, some good news has been announced. Two Abbotsford Heat players - who both spent time up with the Flames this year - will represent the American Hockey League in this year's AHL All-Star Classic. Ben Street and Chad Billins will join the AHL squad as they play Finland's Farjestads BK club on February 12 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Yes, that's Hakan Loob's team.

Street, 26, has 32 points in 29 AHL games (along with 1 assist in 8 NHL games) this season with the Heat. He leads the team in scoring and sits 6th in AHL scoring overall. Billins, 24, has 26 points in 33 AHL games (along with 2 assists in 2 NHL games), sitting 4th among AHL defenders. By sheer coincidence, both players played four years in the NCAA, turned pro and signed AHL deals, then signed their first NHL contracts with the Flames organization.

The AHL All-Star Classic will helpfully take place during the NHL's Olympic break and will be available to watch on Sportsnet. The Skills Competition on February 11 takes place the day before the men's hockey tournament begins, while the All-Star Classic game takes place after the first two tournament games (Sweden/Czech Republic and Latvia/Switzerland).

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#1 coachedpotatoe
January 09 2014, 05:00PM
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Good for them. I would rather they both had seen some more time with the big club during the injuries than O'B or Smith on D and I would rather see Street than McG or Westgarth,

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