PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2003 ECHL All-Star Game was the second year that the ECHL asked its coaches to select players who the coaches believed were prospects who possessed the necessary skills to move up to the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.
Three players from the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game have advanced to play in the National Hockey League while goaltender Adam Hauser was called up by Los Angeles on Thursday and is currently serving as the backup for the Kings.
Named to the ECHL All-Star Game and the ECHL All-Rookie Team in his first professional season in 2002-03, Zenon Konopka made his NHL debut for Anaheim on Oct. 30, 2005 and has seven points (4g-3a) and 48 penalty minutes in 22 games for the Mighty Ducks and 17 points (7g-10a) and 21 penalty minutes in 13 games with Portland of the AHL.
Kevin Colley, who was named to his second straight ECHL All-Star Game in 2003, made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders on Oct. 27, 2005 and he has 33 penalty minutes in eight NHL games while also playing 21 games with Bridgeport of the AHL where he has 10 points (5g-5a) and 60 penalty minutes. The 27-year-old was named the MVP of the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs after scoring 20 points (13g-7a) to lead Atlantic City to the championship.
Named to the ECHL All-Star Game as a rookie, Mike Bishai made his NHL debut with Edmonton and had two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 14 games in 2003-04 and has 14 points (6g-8a) in 26 games with San Antonio in 2005-06.
Selected to the All-Star Game as a rookie, Adam Hauser is under contract to Los Angeles of the NHL and was called up to the Kings on Thursday. He has played each of the last three years in the AHL and is 14-8-2 with a goals-against average of 2.80 and a save percentage of .911 in 24 games with Manchester.
Named to the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game as a rookie and acquired by the Minnesota Wild from the Phoenix Coyotes in an offseason trade, Dustin Wood has played each of the last three seasons in the AHL and has six points (1g-5a) and 36 penalty minutes in 39 games with Houston.
In his first professional season in 2002-03, Jason Jaffray was voted as a starter for the first of two consecutive All-Star Games and was voted First Team All-ECHL and to the ECHL All-Rookie Team while also being named ECHL Rookie of the Year. He has played in the AHL each of the past three seasons and has 25 points (5g-20a) in 36 games with Manitoba.
Scott Stirling, who was voted as a starter in the All-Star Game in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and who was named MVP in 2003, was recalled by Rochester to the AHL and traded to San Antonio where he has a goals-against average of 2.85 and a save percentage of .916 in seven games.
Selected to the All-Star Game in his rookie season, Mike Smith has played each of the past three seasons in the AHL while also serving as a backup for Dallas of the NHL, and he has a goals-against average of 2.47 and a save percentage of .918 in 20 games with Iowa.
Named to the ECHL All-Star Game and the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2002-03, Mike Glumac is under contract to St. Louis of the NHL and was named to the 2006 Canadian AHL All-Star Team on Thursday. He has played each of the last three seasons in the AHL and has 41 points (19g-22a) in 35 games with Peoria.
Selected to the All-Star Game in his second professional season, Justin Morrison has played each of the last four seasons in the AHL and has 14 points (7g-7a) in 24 games for Chicago.