Toronto Marlies forward Ryan Hamilton was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star game Monday night. Hamilton led the Western Conference to a 7-6 victory by recording a hat trick. His third goal came with just 11.2 seconds remaining in the contest, to give the West the win. Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins was behind the bench for the Western Conference team. Eakins said he was proud to coach one of his players in the game and felt Hamilton was going to do something special.
Hamilton has 18 goals and 27 points in 38 games with the Marlies this season, and is the team’s all-time leading goal scorer. He was even invited to the Maple Leafs training camp earlier in January, but was unable to crack the roster.
Hamilton has been one of the Marlies most reliable players over the past few seasons, and set a career-high with 25 goals in 2011-12. With 18 already this year, he figures to be a lock to shatter that mark by the time the 2012-13 season concludes. Hamilton, who was undrafted, also skated in two games for the Maple Leafs last year and recorded an assist.