The Chicago Blackhawks will be sending at least five of their players to the NHL All-Star Game in a couple of weeks, but two of their players at the AHL level will be heading to an All-Star Game of their own.
That’s because defenseman T.J. Brennan, who came over to the Blackhawks in the trade that sent Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders, and forward Joakim Nordstrom, who was named captain of the IceHogs earlier this season, were both named AHL All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon.
Nordstrom is currently with the Blackhawks’ roster, so it’s unclear at this point whether or not he’ll play in the game. In 17 games at the AHL level this season, Nordstrom has eight goals and five assists, and he’s been instrumental in helping the team to the top spot in the Midwest Division, where they lead the Chicago Wolves by six points.
As for Brennan, he will be heading to the AHL All-Star Game for the second time in his career. He has been a point-machine for the IceHogs, scoring seven goals and dishing out 21 assists in 36 games. He also has a plus-15 rating on the year, and in a Blackhawks organization loaded with blue line prospects, he has established himself as a potential player to watch for the team.
The game will take place on January 26 in Utica, N.Y., and will be played the day after the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus.