SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals defenseman Mark Barberio has been named a First-Team AHL All-Star and Norfolk Admirals forward Cory Conacher has been named a Second-Team AHL All-Star.
Barberio, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, leads all AHL defensemen with 47 assists and 59 points and is tied for second with a plus-23 rating in 69 games, contributing at both ends for a Norfolk team with the top-ranked offense and defense in the Eastern Conference. Barberio has also recorded 37 points on the power play, helping the Admirals to the second-best efficiency in the AHL at 22.2 percent. He also has 17 multiple-point games on the season, as well. Barberio was a starter for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.
The 22-year-old native of Montréal, Québec, has appeared in 137 career AHL games – all with the Admirals – posting 21 goals and 90 points with a plus-22 rating. Prior to turning professional, Barberio notched 46 goals and 168 points in 261 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League. He helped the Wildcats win the QMJHL championship in 2010 while leading all league defensemen in points and assists during the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Barberio in the sixth round (152nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Conacher, 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, leads all AHL rookies in points, power play goals and game-winning goals. He also is tied for first among rookies in goals and is second among rookies in assists. In 70 games with the Admirals, Conacher has posted 34 goals and 39 assists for 73 points. He has also posted 106 penalty minutes, a plus-11 rating, 14 power play goals and seven game-winning goals. Conacher is tied for the overall AHL lead in goals, ranks second overall in points and power play goals while tying for third overall in game-winning goals. He was a starter for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, where he had two goals and three points.
A 22-year-old native of Burlington, Ontario, Conacher has played in 77 career AHL games with Norfolk, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Rochester Americans, notching 38 goals and 79 points. He has played in seven career Calder Cup Playoff Games – all with Milwaukee last season – posting one assist.
An undrafted free agent, Conacher played four years at Canisus College prior to joining the professional ranks. He is the school’s all-time leader in goals with 62, game-winning goals with 12 and points with 147. He signed a one-year, AHL contract with the Admirals on July 5, 2011. He then signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 1, 2012.
Prior to Barberio and Conacher, the only other former Admirals to be named First or Second Team AHL All-Stars were Martin St. Pierre (First Team, 2006-07), Troy Brouwer (Second Team, 2006-07) and Dustin Byfuglien (Second Team, 2006-07).
The Admirals conclude the home portion of the 2011-12 regular season schedule on Friday and Saturday nights against the Binghamton Senators at Scope. The puck drops on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m.
On Saturday night, the Admirals will conclude the home portion of the regular season by thanking the most important members of the team – the fans – with Fan Appreciation Night. Come out for an exciting night of hockey and you may leave with exciting prizes! Beginning at 4:30 p.m., Admirals fans are invited to a pre-game party outside on the plaza at Scope, including music and games for the whole family. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
In addition, all fans on Saturday night will receive an Admirals team poster, courtesy of SUPERCUTS.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat today. Current season ticket holders may also reserve 2012 Calder Cup Playoff Packages now. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!