Jake Bean’s strong start has earned him a ticket to California, as the blueliner was selected to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
Bean’s 21 points through the first 30 games of the season are tied for the team lead and tied for eighth among all AHL defensemen. The second-year pro’s shot has been lethal from Charlotte’s blue line, tying him for eighth among league defensemen with five goals and for fourth with three power-play goals. Bean also leads the Checkers and is tied for 10th among league defensemen with 16 assists.
The 21-year-old is the sixth defensemen in franchise history to earn an All-Star nod and just the second in the last four years.
The 2020 AHL All-Star Classic will take place later this month in Ontario, CA, with the Skills Competition on Jan. 26 and the All-Star Challenge the next night. Bean will represent the Checkers as a part of the Atlantic Division squad, helmed by Hartford’s head coach Kris Knoblauch.