Frk, Spence, Tynan Named AHL All-Stars
Three Ontario Reign skaters were named to the American Hockey League’s All-Star Teams Thursday, with defenseman Jordan Spence and forward TJ Tynan receiving First Team honors while forward Martin Frk was selected to the Second Team.
Spence was also named to the league’s All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. A former fourth-round pick by the LA Kings in the 2019 NHL Draft, the blueliner been the top-scoring rookie defenseman in the AHL this season, collecting 42 points (four goals, 38 assists) in 46 games with Ontario. 26 of Spence’s points came on the Reign’s league-leading power play, and the defender also accumulated a plus-18 rating that is tied for the highest among all Ontario skaters. Spence, 21, made his NHL debut with the Kings on Mar. 10, becoming the first Australian-born player to play in the NHL. In 23 NHL games with LA, he has totaled two goals and six assists.
With one game remaining on Ontario’s regular-season schedule, Tynan sits on top of the league leaderboard with 98 points in 61 games played – a 1.61 points-per-game average that is the highest over a full AHL season in 15 years – and his 84 assists are tied for the third-most in AHL history. Tynan, an eighth-year pro from Orland Park, Ill., and last year’s AHL MVP, has also skated in two NHL games with the Kings during 2021-22.
Frk has put up career numbers in his ninth pro season and ranks second in the AHL with 40 goals. His 73 total points in 58 games for the Reign rank sixth in the league, while his 15 power play goals are second-most. Frk, a native of Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, has also added two goals in six games with LA this season. He, along with Stefan Noesen of the Chicago Wolves, became the first AHL skaters to hit the 40-goal mark since the 2010-11 year and he is the first player in Ontario Reign franchise history to score 40 goals in a single season.
The awards were determined by voting by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 31 member cities.
The Reign will conclude the regular season on Saturday with a matchup on the road with the Henderson Silver Knights at the Dollar Loan Center at 7 p.m. Ontario has secured the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs and will face the San Diego Gulls in the opening round of the postseason beginning May 4 at Toyota Arena. Full details about Ontario’s first round series can be found here.
Fans can secure their tickets to the postseason now by purchasing a 10-ticket Flex Plan, which allows the purchaser to choose the dates they can attend. Single game tickets for Games 1 and 2 are also on sale now through axs.com and ontarioreign.com.
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