PRINCETON, N.J. – The American Hockey League has announced that Terry Koharski, who is in his 13th season working in the ECHL and his sixth season working in the AHL, will be the referee for the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic.
Koharski, who is the brother of National Hockey League referee Don Koharski and the uncle of ECHL referee Jamie Koharski, was the referee for the ECHL All-Star Game in 1996.
In the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Koharski worked the Western Conference Finals and the Kelly Cup Finals, including the fifth and final game. In the 2003 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Koharski worked as a referee in both the Southern Conference Finals and the Kelly Cup Finals.
Koharski joins former ECHL coaches Bruce Boudreau, who is the head coach for the Planet/USA team, and Claude Noel, who is head coach of the Canadian team. Former ECHL players Simon Gamache, Michel Ouellet, Lawrence Nycholat, Jason LaBarbera, Joey MacDonald and Andrew Hutchinson were all chosen to participate in the All-Star Game. AHL fans voted Ouellet, Nycholat and LaBarbera as starters for the Canadian team.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on February 14 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Boudreau and Philadelphia’s Bill Barber (1999) are the only head coaches in modern history to serve in an AHL All-Star game played in their own arena.
The ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 28 teams in the AHL and 104 players in the ECHL are on AHL contracts. The ECHL has affiliations with 23 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League and 96 players in the ECHL are on NHL contracts.