The ECHL will be represented by 11 former players and two former coaches in the 2006 Rbk Hockey American Hockey League All-Star Classic to be played at 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 1 at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The PlanetUSA roster has five former ECHL players with forwards Keith Aucoin, Eric Healey and Patrick Rissmiller, defenseman Thomas Pock and goaltenders Tim Thomas and Al Montoya and assistant coach Al Sims.
The Canadian roster has six former ECHL players with forwards Michel Ouellet, Martin St. Pierre and Layne Ulmer, defenseman Lawrence Nycholat and goaltenders Wade Flaherty and Dany Sabourin and assistant coach Kjell Samuelsson.
Sabourin was voted as a starter for the ECHL All-Star Game in 2005, but was unable to play after being called up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In 2004-05, Sabourin was 19-6-1 and led the league with a goals-against average of 1.67 and a save percentage of .942 in 27 games with Wheeling while tying for second in the ECHL with a team record five shutouts.
Mike Glumac, who played in the ECHL All-Star Game in 2003, was originally named to the roster, but was called up to St. Louis on Jan. 28 after scoring 49 points (23g-26a) in 44 games with Peoria.
Healey, who had two points (1g-1a) in two games with Jackson in 2001-02, is captain of PlanetUSA while fans voted Flaherty to be the starting goaltender for the Canadian team. Flaherty began his professional career in the ECHL in 1989-90 with the Greensboro Monarchs, going 12-9-1 with a goals against average of 4.40 and a save percentage of .890 in 27 regular season games. Flaherty was named MVP of the 1990 Riley Cup Playoffs after going 8-1 with a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .944 while leading the Monarchs to the ECHL championship.
Nycholat, who also played in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, began his professional career in the ECHL scoring three points (1g-2a) in five games with Jackson in 2001-02 while Pock had two assists with Charlotte in his first full professional season in 2004-05. Aucoin had two assists in one game with Florida in 2001-02 while Rissmiller had four points (2g-2a) in two games with Cincinnati in 2002-03. Nycholat is third among AHL defensemen with 38 points (10g-28a) in 47 games while Pock ranks fourth with 36 points (8g-28a) in 43 games. Aucoin has 52 points (19g-33a) in 45 games with Lowell and one assist in two games with Florida of the NHL while Rissmiller is second on Cleveland with 38 points (10g-28a) in 52 games.
In his first professional season, Montoya is 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.92 in two games with Charlotte and 16-5-0 with a goals-against average of 2.66 in 24 games with Hartford. Thomas was 4-1-1 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 2.17 in six games with Birmingham as a rookie in 1997-98 while Ulmer had 35 points (18g-17a) in 38 regular season games and four points (2g-2a) in five Kelly Cup Playoff games for Charlotte as a rookie in 2001-02. Thomas is 5-1-2 with a goals-against average of 2.18 in 10 games with Boston and 15-11-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 2.26 in 26 games with Providence while Ulmer has 27 points (12g-15a) in 43 games with San Antonio.
Ouellet, who had 46 points (20g-26a) in 55 games with Wheeling as a rookie in 2004-05, has 22 points (12g-10a) in 24 games with Pittsburgh and 30 points (10g-20a) in 19 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Selected to the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game, St. Pierre had 53 points (14g-39a) and 55 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games, ranking third in assists and ninth in scoring among league rookies, and seven points (2g-5a) and six penalty minutes in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games for Greenville. In 2005-06, he has 41 points (14g-27a) in 42 games with Norfolk while also playing in two games with Chicago of the NHL.