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Rochester Americans head coach Chris Taylor has clinched the honor of serving as coach of the North Division All-Star team for the upcoming 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held Jan. 26-27 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

Taylor becomes Rochester’s first All-Star coach since John Tortorella in 1997.

“We are very happy for Chris to have earned this opportunity,” said Amerks general manager Randy Sexton. “His tireless commitment to our players and staff, and passion for player development, have rightfully generated recognition as one of the very brightest young coaches in our game.”

Currently in his third season as Amerks head coach, Taylor earns his first AHL All-Star coaching selection after guiding Rochester to a 20-6-2-2 record and 44 points in 30 games this season. The Amerks lead the North Division and rank third overall in the American Hockey League with a .733 points percentage and are one of just four teams to reach the 20-win mark.

Taylor, who spent the first two months of the 2019-20 season assisting the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff, boasts a 91-65-8 record as Rochester’s bench boss while also leading the Amerks to back-to-back playoff appearances.

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