Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Park, Langway named AHL All-Star Honorees

The American Hockey League announced today that Hockey Hall of Fame defensemen Brad Park and Rod Langway will be honored at the 2003 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic, to be held February 2-3 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.

Brad Park made his professional debut with the AHL's Buffalo Bisons in 1968-69 before embarking on a 17-year NHL career that saw him record 213 goals and 896 points in 1,113 games with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. The Toronto native was a six-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's outstanding defenseman, and earned seven NHL All-Star Team berths. Currently a pro scout for the Rangers, Park was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.

Rod Langway also honed his skills in the American Hockey League, playing for the Hampton Gulls (1977-78) and Nova Scotia Voyageurs (1978-79) prior to a 15-year run with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. A two-time Norris Trophy winner, Langway returned to the AHL in 1997-98 as the assistant coach of the Providence Bruins, and even played 10 games with the injury-depleted B's that year. The native of Randolph, Mass., was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Each year at its All-Star Classic, the AHL honors selected members of the Hockey Hall of Fame with ties to the league. Past honorees include George Armstrong, Glen Sather, Bill Torrey, Bryan Trottier, Ed Snider, Al Arbour, Bill Barber, Ken Dryden, Lorne "Gump" Worsley, Johnny Bower, Glenn Hall and Emile Francis. The selected honorees are featured at the Hockey Hall of Fame/AHL All-Star Brunch, which has traditionally been attended by more than 1,000 guests on the morning of the AHL All-Star Game.

AHL players representing 28 AHL clubs and 30 NHL affiliates will be selected to participate by AHL coaches and internet fan balloting on theahl.com. Of the 262 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 91 percent have competed in the NHL, including Tyler Arnason, Eric Boguniecki, Valeri Bure, Anson Carter, Pavol Demitra, J.P. Dumont, Mike Dunham, Patrik Elias, Martin Lapointe, John Madden, Mattias Norstrom, Steve Sullivan and Jason Williams.

The 2003 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic gets underway on Sun., Feb. 2, with the AHL Skills Competition at 8:00 p.m. EST. The All-Star Game follows at 7:00 p.m. EST on Mon., Feb. 3. The AHL All-Star Game will be broadcast live in the United States and Canada.