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Abbotsford's Street, Billins named to AHL all-star game

Abbotsford Heat centre Ben Street, pictured above, and teammate Chad Billins have been named to the AHL all-star game. - John Morrow file photo
Abbotsford Heat centre Ben Street, pictured above, and teammate Chad Billins have been named to the AHL all-star game.
— image credit: John Morrow file photo

Ben Street and Chad Billins will represent the Abbotsford Heat at the AHL all-star game.

Neither selection, announced on Thursday, is a particular surprise, as both players have had outstanding first halves of the season to help power the Heat to the top of the West Division.

Street, a 26-year-old centre from Coquitlam, started the season in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, and he's been lighting up the AHL since being sent down in late October. He's currently sixth in league scoring with 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 29 games.

Billins, who signed with the organization as a free agent in the summer, is fourth among AHL defencemen in scoring with six goals and 20 assists in 33 games. He's been instrumental in the Heat's success on the power play, quarterbacking a unit which sits second in the league with a 24 per cent success rate.

The AHL all-star game has a different format this year – rather than having conference teams play each other, the league's all-stars will face Färjestad BK, a Swedish Elite League team, in St. John's, Nfld. The all-star event includes a skills competition on Feb. 11, followed by the game on Feb. 12.

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