January 24, 2012 11:30 AM
A great week for Chris Terry just got better.
On Tuesday afternoon, the AHL selected Terry, the Checkers’ leading scorer, to participate in his first All-Star Classic. Terry replaces Charlotte’s Jerome Samson, who is injured and on NHL recall with the Carolina Hurricanes.
With Samson unable to participate and Jon Matsumoto traded last week, Terry becomes Charlotte’s lone representative at this year’s event, which begins Sunday, Jan. 29, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Incidentally, Matsumoto, now with San Antonio, will also not be attending the event.
The honor comes at a fitting time for Terry, as he became one of the league’s hottest players by posting 11 points (4g, 7a) during an active five-game point streak. That run includes a 4-assist performance in Abbotsford on Friday that tied team records for most points and most assists in a single game.
Terry, a 22-year-old, third-year pro, now has 36 points (10g, 26a) in 41 games this season to rank tied for 17th in AHL scoring. His most recent point, the second of two assists in the team’s 5-2 loss to Abbotsford on Saturday, made him the first player to record 100 points with the Checkers. He also has the most goals (44) and assists (56) of any player in the team’s two-year history.
A fifth-round draft pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007, Terry has posted 147 points (61g, 86a) in 202 career AHL games. The Checkers’ leading goal scorer last season with a career-high 34 is on pace to top his career high in assists (30) and tie his career high in points (64), both of which were set during the team’s inaugural campaign in 2010-11.