All-Star Equipment Managers,
Athletic Trainers Named

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the equipment managers and trainers, who were selected in a vote of their peers in the respective conferences, for the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light.

The equipment managers are Chris Burke of the host Fresno Falcons, John Jennings of the Florida Everblades and Khris Bestel of the Idaho Steelheads. The athletic trainers are George Sporing of the Dayton Bombers, Mike Hannegan, ATC of the Las Vegas Wranglers and Brad Jellis of the host Fresno Falcons.

In his first season with the Falcons, Burke spent one season with Atlantic City of the ECHL and four years with Cincinnati of the ECHL. Jennings shared the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year award in 2004-05 and was the host equipment manager for the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game. He is in his sixth season with the Everblades and his 12th season in the ECHL. Bestel is in his sixth season with the Steelheads joining the team in 2000-01 after beginning his career in the ECHL with Toledo.

Sporing worked with the Bombers in 1997-98 and returned to the team in December 2003. Currently a staff athletic trainer at the Kettering Sports Medicine Center, he previously was head athletic trainer at Lackawanna Junior College. In his third season with the Wranglers, Hannegan previously worked with Richmond of the ECHL and Macon. He has his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and exercise physiology from Chapman University and his master’s degree in science and athletic training from California University at Pennsylvania. In his first season with the Falcons, Jellis has his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of North Dakota and his master’s degree in sports science from Bemidji State University.

The Fresno Falcons are the host for the 2006 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 and the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Bud Light on Jan. 25. Both events will be at Save Mart Center and begin at 7 p.m. PT.