National Conference All-Stars Named


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Roster Includes 12 Rookies, 18 First-Time All-Star Selections

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the National Conference starting lineup and roster for the 2005 Coors Light ECHL All-Star Game on January 26 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa. There are 12 rookies on the 21-man roster and 18 of the players will be making their first ECHL All-Star appearance.

The starting lineups were determined in voting by National Conference coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters and newspaper writers. Coaches also submitted the top prospects from within their conference that determined the final roster with each of the 16 teams in the National Conference having a representative.

2005 Coors Light ECHL All-Star Game National Conference Starters
G – Dany Sabourin, Wheeling
D – Jason McBain, Las Vegas
D – Brad Dexter, Victoria
F – Luke Curtin, Atlantic City
F – Brent Kelly, Johnstown
F – Dan Tessier, Fresno

Atlantic City left wing Luke Curtin will be making his second start and his third appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game. Curtin was named as a starter in 2000 and selected to the South Conference roster in 1999 while playing for Baton Rouge. Curtin leads the league in assists with 27 and is tied for the league lead in power-play points with 14 and power-play assists with 12 while ranking second in scoring with 36 points in 31 games. Atlantic City rookie center Derek Edwardson leads league rookies in plus-minus rating (+18) and is tied for second among league rookies with 14 goals while ranking third among rookies with 18 assists and 32 points in 28 games. The 23-year-old Edwardson ranks third overall in plus-minus rating and is tied for sixth overall in scoring.

Under contract and currently on a call up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, Wheeling goaltender Dany Sabourin leads the league with a goals-against average of 1.60 and five shutouts, which is also a team record. Sabourin is 16-5-1 and is second in the league in wins and minutes (1,353) and ranks third in save percentage (.944).

Johnstown center Brent Kelly, who is currently on loan to Grand Rapids of the AHL, leads the league with three shorthand assists and is tied for 10th in scoring with 30 points (11g-19a) in 27 games. Johnstown rookie center Jean Desrochers leads ECHL rookies with four game-winning goals and ranks ninth among rookies with 25 points (10g-15a) in 27 games.

Under contract to Lowell of the AHL, Las Vegas defenseman Jason McBain is tied for seventh among ECHL defensemen with 19 points (5g-14a) in 24 games. Currently on loan to Providence of the AHL where he has eight penalty minutes in three games, Las Vegas rookie left wing Dana Lattery is second on the team and tied for 13th among league rookies with 23 points (10g-13a) in 26 games.

Making his second appearance and first start in an ECHL All-Star game is Victoria defenseman Brad Dexter, who represented South Carolina in 2000. Dexter leads ECHL defensemen with 25 points, 19 assists, 12 power-play assists and 13 power-play points while he is tied for second with six goals.

Fresno center Dan Tessier is tied for second in the league with three shorthand goals and is tied for fourth in the league with four game-winning goals. He ranks 16th in the league in scoring with 29 points (11g-18a) in 31 games.

Reading rookie left wing Ryan Kinasewich is tied for fifth among ECHL rookies with 27 points (12g-15a) in 24 games. Selected in the ninth round (268th overall) by Chicago in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Manchester of the AHL, Reading rookie right wing Jeff Miles is tied for seventh among league rookies with 26 points (12g-14a).

Making his second appearance in an ECHL All-Star game is Long Beach goaltender Chris Madden, who represented Macon in 2002. Selected in the fourth round (97th overall) by Carolina in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Madden is 12-2-0 with three shutouts. He leads the league with a save percentage of .956 and ranks second with a goals-against average of 1.64. Selected in the eighth round (255th overall) by Dallas in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and in his first professional season, Long Beach rookie center Marco Rosa has scored 20 points (9g-11a) in 30 games.

In his first professional season and under contract to Hamilton of the AHL, Peoria rookie defenseman James Sanford has scored 11 points (2g-9a) in 24 games with the Rivermen. He has also played in two games with Hamilton in the AHL, scoring one power-play goal.

In his first professional season and under contract to Philadelphia of the NHL, Trenton rookie defenseman Stephen Wood is currently on a call up to Philadelphia of the AHL where in eight games he has two penalty minutes. In 20 games with Trenton, the 22-year-old Wood has 10 points (2g-8a) and 27 penalty minutes.

Selected in the eighth round (238th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Toledo defenseman Danny Eberly has scored 12 points (4g-8a) in 20 games.

Selected in the fifth round (150th overall) by Columbus in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Syracuse of the AHL, Dayton rookie Tyler Kolarik is 16th among league rookies with a team-leading 22 points on a team-high 11 goals in 30 games.

Selected in the ninth round (279th overall) by Los Angeles in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Los Angeles of the NHL, Bakersfield rookie Connor James is tied for the league lead among rookies with three shorthand points and is tied for second among league rookies with two shorthand goals. James has 19 points (9g-10a) and 20 penalty minutes in 24 games with Bakersfield and eight penalty minutes in six games with Manchester of the AHL.

Under contract to Cincinnati of the AHL, San Diego rookie defenseman Andy Canzanello has 12 points (2g-10a) and 25 penalty minutes in 25 games.

Alaska center Chris Minard leads the league with 19 goals and is tied for second on the team with 27 points in 30 games.

Under contract to Utah of the AHL, Idaho rookie goaltender Frank Doyle is 12-6-1 with two shutouts and he ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average (2.07) and wins. Doyle is currently on a call up to Utah where he has appeared in one game.