Locke makes second AHL all-star selection

Hamilton Bulldogs’ centreman Corey Locke is replacing injured teammate and defenseman Ryan O’Byrne on the 2008 Canadian American Hockey League All-Star team.

Locke will join his head Coach Don Lever and assistant coach Ron Wilson on the Canadian squad for this season’s All-Star Classic on Jan. 27-28 in Binghamton, N.Y., home to the AHL Senators.

Locke, 23, is scheduled to make his second AHL all-star appearance, previously skating for the Canadian squad in the 2006 game in Winnipeg. The native of Newmarket, Ont., leads the Bulldogs in goals (15), assists (20) and points (35), and has a plus-6 rating with 24 penalty minutes in 38 games this season.

Locke is Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer with 192 points (70-122-189) in 273-career AHL games.

The 5-foot-9, 171-pound forward also played in his first-career NHL game this season with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Jan. 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Locke was scoreless with one shot in 5:59 of ice-time in the game. He was selected by Montreal in the fourth round, 113th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

O’Byrne, who is currently on recall to the Canadiens, fractured his thumb on Dec. 28 against the Florida Panthers and will miss the AHL’s All-Star game due to his recall and injury.