SYRACUSE, NY - The American Hockey League announced today that forward Michael Dal Colle and defenseman Sebastian Aho have been selected to represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield. The two-day event will take place Jan. 27-28, 2019 in Springfield, Mass.
Dal Colle, 22, was recalled by the New York Islanders for a second time this season last Saturday and continues to skate with the NHL club. In the AHL, Dal Colle leads Bridgeport in goals (16) and points (28) in 28 games this season, including five goals, a hat trick, and an overtime winner from Dec. 9 through Dec. 16, which earned him CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Dal Colle has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his last seven AHL contests.
Dal Colle also recorded a team-best nine multi-point performances and was tied for fifth in the AHL's goal-scoring race prior to his call-up last weekend. He has one assist in four games with the Islanders this season - his first NHL point coming in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Last season, Dal Colle collected 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 60 AHL games and earned his first NHL recall in January, playing four games with the Islanders, including his NHL debut in the club's 7-2 win over the New York Rangers on Jan. 13. The Woodbridge, Ont. ranked fifth on the Sound Tigers in scoring as a rookie in 2016-17, producing 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 75 games. He made his pro debut on Apr. 15, 2016 against the Portland Pirates and scored his first pro goal in just his sixth game on Oct. 21, 2016 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Prior to turning pro, Dal Colle played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Oshawa Generals and Kingston Frontenacs from 2012-16. He earned 316 points (131 goals, 185 assists) and a plus-76 rating in 246 career games, and helped Oshawa win the 2015 Memorial Cup Championship while playing with Islanders prospect Mitch Vande Sompel. The 6'3, 198-pound forward was also named to the 2015 CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 2014-15 and was selected as an OHL All-Star three times.
Dal Colle was selected by the Islanders in the first round (#5 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Aho, 22, becomes the first Sound Tiger since Ryan Pulock (2015, 2016) to earn back-to-back selections to the All-Star Classic. He is one of the top offensive defensemen in the AHL for the second straight year and currently ranks fifth among all league blue-liners with 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 33 games. His 21 helpers are the most on Bridgeport’s roster and is also tied for second among AHL defensemen.
Last season, Aho led all Bridgeport defensemen with nine goals and added 20 assists for 29 points in 40 games. He also skated in 22 NHL games with the Islanders and collected four points (one goal, three assists), including his first NHL goal on Jan. 8, 2018 against the New Jersey Devils.
A native of Umeå, Sweden, Aho agreed to a three-year entry-level deal with the Islanders on July 5, 2017 after he was selected by the club in the fifth round (#139 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He spent parts of the last four seasons with Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and posted career highs in goals (10), assists (20), points (30) and games played (50) with the team last season. He added two assists in seven playoff games, and helped Skellefteå capture 2017 SHL silver medal honors.
In 152 career SHL games, Aho registered 15 goals, 45 assists and 60 points during the regular season and also skated in 49 career playoff games, helping Skellefteå win the SHL championship in 2013-14.
The 5'10, 170-pound defenseman also skated with Team Sweden in the World Junior Championships from 2012-15.
Next Home Game: The Sound Tigers return to Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, Jan. 12 for Military Appreciation Night against the Hartford Wolf Pack, presented by the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut. The first 2,000 fans will receive a camouflage hat when doors open at 6 p.m. and fans are encouraged to look into a $25 ticket package (tickets at the box office are regularly $31 in this seating area) that includes a ticket to the game and a military themed Sound Tigers t-shirt! A portion of this ticket package will also be donated to the BBB Foundation to support scholarships for children of military members from Connecticut.
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