Rinne Selected for AHL All-Star Classic, presented by Reebok
Milwaukee, WI—The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Pekka Rinne has been selected to the PlanetUSA team in the 2008 AHL All Star Classic presented by Reebok at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY on January 27th and 28th.
Rinne has started an impressive 31 of the Admirals 36 games this season and has amassed a 16-14-1 record, a 2.62 goals against average and a .906 save percentage to go along with one shutout. The Kempele, Finland native leads AHL goalies in minutes played (1900), games played (32), and is tied for the top spot in wins. From December 8th to the 21st he won six consecutive starts, establishing a new Admirals AHL mark for consecutive wins by a netminder.
Picked as a starter for the 2006 AHL All-Star Classic, Rinne has accumulated a 61-39-9 career record with the Admirals and stands in fifth place in Milwaukee history in wins, to go along with a seventh place ranking in games played (112). He backstopped the Admirals to the Calder Cup Finals in 2006 when he won nine straight playoff contests and accumulated a 10-4 mark with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 save percentage in the process.
Rinne has played in a pair of National Hockey League contests, picking up his first NHL win on December 15th, 2005 against the Chicago Blackhawks. He will be joined in Binghamton by Admirals teammate Rich Peverley, who was selected to play for the Canadian squad at the All-Star Classic yesterday.
Of the 427 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes, Daniel Briere, Zdeno Chara, Jonathan Cheechoo, Pavol Demitra, Rick DiPietro, Patrik Elias, Ray Emery, Jiri Hudler, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Steve Sullivan.
The 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2008 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 27 (6:00 CT), and the 2008 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 28 (6:00 CT). The event will be televised nationally in the United States and Canada.
Rinne and the Admirals are back on the ice to night when they take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center. Fans can purchase tickets by calling Ticketmaster at (414) 276-4545 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of ten or more people receive a minimum of $2 off of each ticket. For more information or to order group tickets call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.