Game set for Wednesday, January 21, in Orlando
PRINCETON, N.J. - The ECHL on Thursday announced the reserves for the ECHL All-Stars for the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando.
The starting lineups are determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters, and members of the media. Coaches also submit the players who they feel are the top prospects from their team and other teams in their conference which helps determine the final roster. Each of the ECHL teams has either a starter, reserve or alternate named for the ECHL All-Star Classic.
More than 60 players from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 46 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.
There are eight rookies on the All-Star Team, and 20 of the 21 players are making their first ECHL All-Star Game appearance.
The Alaska Aces are represented by rookie forward Olivier Archambault, who leads first-year players with 18 goals and is tied for third among rookies with 31 points.
Rookie forward Connor Jones represents the Bakersfield Condors. Currently recalled to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, Jones has 26 points (10g-16a) in 27 games with the Condors this season.
Byron Froese is the representative for Cincinnati. The forward has 24 points (8g-16a) in 17 games with the Cyclones and is currently loaned to Toronto of the American Hockey League.
Rookie defenseman Steven Shamanski represents the Elmira Jackals. He is tied for first among first-year blue liners with 22 points and is tied for third among all defensemen with seven goals.
Evansville is represented by rookie forward Myles Bell. Under contract with Albany of the American Hockey League, Bell has posted 15 points (8g-7a) in 24 games with the IceMen.
Defenseman Matt Mangene, currently loaned to Texas of the American Hockey League, is Florida's representative. Mangene has posted 17 points (4g-13a) in 23 games with the Everblades.
Goaltender Jeff Malcolm is the representative for Greenville. He is 12-7-0 in 19 appearances this season with one shutout, a 2.58 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918.
Idaho's representative is goaltender Olivier Roy. His 17 wins are tied for the ECHL lead and he is fourth with a 2.31 goals-against average.
Rookie forward Curtis Valk represents Kalamazoo. The ECHL Player of the Month in October, Valk is tied for eighth among ECHL rookies with 26 points (11g-15a) in 24 games.
Forward Chris Crane represents the Missouri Mavericks. Under an NHL contract with San Jose, Crane has 17 points (11g-6a) and is a +12 in 27 games.
Reading is represented by forward Cam Reid. He is tied for the Royals' lead with 12 goals and is third on the club with 28 points.
Rookie defenseman Garrett Haar represents the South Carolina Stingrays. Under an AHL contract with Hershey, Haar has 14 points (3g-11a) in 24 games this season.
The Tulsa Oilers are represented by Scott Macaulay who is tied for second among ECHL defensemen with 24 points (6g-18a).
Rookie forward Alex Krushelnyski is the representative of the Utah Grizzlies. Krushelynski is tied for 12th among first-year players with 23 points (8g-15a) in 23 games and is tied for second among rookies with two shorthanded goals.
Wichita is represented by forward Danick Gauthier. Under contract to Tampa Bay of the National Hockey League, Gauthier is tied for second in the league with 13 power-play points (5g-8a) and he is second on the Thunder with 30 points (14g-16a).
The following players have been named as alternates in the event a selected player is unable to participate in the All-Star Classic.Quad City goaltender Parker Milner is sixth in the league with a 2.39 goals against average and is fourth with a .920 save percentage.
On defense, Rapid City's Landon Oslanski leads ECHL defensemen with 13 power-play points (4g-9a) while Indy's Nick Bruneteau has 16 points (2g-14a) in 25 games.
At forward, Tyson Fawcett of Brampton has 11 points (5g-6a) in 26 games this season. Gwinnett's Brenden Walker is third on the Gladiators with 20 points (7g-13a). Stockton's Lukas Sutter has nine points (2g-7a) in 35 games and leads ECHL rookies with 131 penalty minutes.
The eighth class will be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on Wednesday, January 21, during a luncheon ceremony presented by BFL CANADA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, the official host hotel of the 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic.
Ten coaches from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to coach in the National Hockey League while 62 players from the contest have gone on to play in the NHL, including 46 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.
The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest, presented by Walgreen's, with player appearances, interactive game, prizes, giveaways, auctions, memorabilia, and a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, will be held on Tuesday, January 20. On Wednesday, January 21, the day's events include the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon and the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. Select ECHL Skills competitions will be held the same night and will be incorporated into the evening's events. Specific event details will be provided in the future.
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