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Western Conference All-Stars Named

18 Making First-Ever Appearance

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced the Western Conference starting lineup and roster for the 2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game.

Sponsored by the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and hosted by the Peoria Rivermen, the 12th Annual ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be held at the 9,919-seat Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill. The Skills Competition will be at 7:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, January 20 and the game will be played at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, January 21. Tickets to the All-Star Game and Skills Competition are available by telephone at (309) 676-1040, x106.

The starting lineups were determined in voting by Western 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 14 teams in the Western Conference having a representative.

The starting lineup and roster for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team will be announced on Thursday.

2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game Western Conference Starters

Goaltender - Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana
Defense - Corey Neilson, Pensacola
Defense - Ben Storey, Louisiana
Forward - Brent Gauvreau, Mississippi
Forward - Steffon Walby, Mississippi
Forward - Charles Linglet, Alaska

It marks the second straight year that Mississippi’s Walby has been named as a starter. Walby is third in the ECHL with 36 points (14g-22a) and he is tied for fourth in the league with 14 goals. It is the first appearance for the Sea Wolves’ Gauvreau, who leads the ECHL with 25 assists and is tied for the ECHL lead with five game-winning goals while ranking second in scoring with 37 points (12g-25a).

The CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for November, Alaska’s Linglet leads ECHL rookies with 20 assists, is second with 31 points and is tied for second with 11 goals. In his first full professional season, the Aces’ Joe Talbot leads ECHL rookies with 14 goals and 32 points in 25 games.

Louisiana’s Cloutier is also making his second appearance as a starter, having stopped 15 of 16 shots in the Southern Conference’s 7-6 win in the 2002 ECHL All-Star Game at Trenton. Under contract to Minnesota of the National Hockey League, the 22-year-old Cloutier is 9-2-2 and ranks eighth in the ECHL with a 2.14 goals against average. Selected in the fourth round (98th overall) by Colorado in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Houston of the American Hockey League, Storey leads ECHL defensemen with seven game-winning goals. The 26-year-old Storey is tied for the lead among defensemen with eight goals and is tied for third in scoring with 24 points.

Selected in the third round (53rd overall) by Edmonton in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Pensacola’s Neilson leads ECHL defensemen with 15 power-play assists and 19 power-play points and is tied for the ECHL lead among defensemen with 23 assists and ranks second with 30 points. In his first full professional season, Pensacola’s Greg Chambers leads ECHL rookies with 10 power-play assists and 15 power-play points (5g-10a) and is tied for second among rookies with five power-play goals. The 21-year-old Chambers ranks second among rookies with 17 assists and is tied for third with 24 points (7g-17a) in 24 games.

Selected in the second round (60th overall) by Dallas in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract with the Stars, Idaho’s Dan Ellis is 8-7-0 and ranks 19th with a 2.52 goals against average in 15 games. Also representing the Steelheads is 23-year-old defenseman David Cornacchia, who has scored 14 points (4g-10a) in 22 games.

Selected in the third round (80th overall) by Atlanta in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract with the Thrashers, Gwinnett’s Michael Garnett is 13-4-2, tied for the ECHL lead with two shutouts and ranks ninth in the ECHL with a 2.15 goals against average. Also representing the Gladiators is 23-year-old defenseman Troy Milam, who is tied for eighth among ECHL defensemen with 19 points (5g-14a) in 26 games.

Selected in the seventh round (207th overall) by Boston in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and in his first professional season, Greg Barber has scored 16 points (8g-8a) in 22 games with San Diego.

Making his second consecutive appearance in the ECHL All-Star Game is Bakersfield’s Andrew Ianiero, who scored a goal in the Northern Conference’s 8-2 win in the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game. Selected in the fifth round (154th overall) by Ottawa in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Ianiero has scored 14 points (5g-9a) in 14 games with Bakersfield after opening the season with Charlotte.

In his first professional season and under contract to San Antonio of the AHL, 21-year-old Greg Jacina is tied for the Augusta team lead with 10 assists and 16 points in 21 games.

Las Vegas is represented by a pair of rookies with forward Justin Kelly and defenseman Dave Cousineau. The 22-year-old Kelly is tied for the ECHL lead among rookies in plus-minus with +13 and leads the Wranglers with eight goals and ranks fourth on the team with 16 points (8g-8a). In his first professional season, Cousineau ranks second among ECHL defensemen with six power-play goals and ranks fifth on the Wranglers with 15 points (7g-8a) in 22 games.

Columbus will be represented by 21-year-old Jean-Francois Plourde, who is under contract to Toronto of the AHL and who leads the Cottonmouths with nine goals and 15 points in 26 games. Representing Texas will be 21-year-old John Snowden, who is tied for the ECHL rookie lead in plus-minus with +13 and is tied for 17th among rookies with 16 points (9g-7a) in 25 games.

Long Beach will be represented by 22-year-old Krzysztof Wieckowski, who is tied for second on the team with nine assists and ranks third in scoring with 13 points in 22 games. Representing Fresno will be 22-year-old defenseman Kevin Truelson, who has 13 points (6g-7a) in 23 games.

Alaska’s Davis Payne and Gwinnett’s Jeff Pyle are the coaches for the Western Conference while Johnstown’s Toby O’Brien and Peoria’s Jason Christie are the coaches for the Eastern Conference. Charlotte equipment manager Tom Severance and Cincinnati athletic trainer Bob Case were chosen to represent the Eastern Conference while Alaska equipment Damion Parmelee, who was also voted to work the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game, and Pensacola athletic trainer Jason Serbus were both selected to represent the Western Conference. Peoria athletic trainer Greg Eberle, who was voted to work the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game, and Peoria equipment manager Matt Briggle have also been chosen to work the game.

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And here's the Eastern Conference

18 Making First-Ever ECHL All-Star Appearance

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the Eastern Conference starting lineup and roster for the 2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game.

Sponsored by the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino and hosted by the Peoria Rivermen, the 12th Annual ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be held at the 9,919-seat Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill. The Skills Competition will be at 7:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, January 20 and the game will be played at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, January 21. Tickets to the All-Star Game and Skills Competition are available by telephone at (309) 676-1040, x106.

The starting lineups were determined in voting by Eastern 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 17 teams in the Eastern Conference having a representative.

2004 Par-A-Dice ECHL All-Star Game Eastern Conference Starters

Goaltender - Arturs Irbe, Johnstown
Defense - Jonathan Zion, Reading
Defense - Ryan Brindley, Cincinnati
Forward - Dan Carlson, Roanoke
Forward - Brian McCullough, Florida
Forward - Jason Jaffray, Wheeling

A two-time National Hockey League All-Star under contract to Carolina of the NHL, Irbe is currently on injured reserve after undergoing wrist surgery last week. Prior to his injury, Irbe was 8-3-1 in 12 games for the Chiefs and ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 1.91 goals against average and is tied for fourth with a .936 save percentage. Irbe is 213-234-78 in 558 career NHL games and only Detroit’s Dominik Hasek has more wins among European-born goaltenders. In the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Irbe won 10 games and had the third best goals against average (1.67) and save percentage (.938) while helping the Hurricanes advance to the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in five games to Detroit.

Wheeling’s Jaffray is named as a starter for the second consecutive year having been selected in 2003 as a rookie with Roanoke. The 22-year-old Jaffray, who was the 2003 ECHL Rookie of the Year, is under contract to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and leads the Nailers with 12 goals, five power-play goals, 16 assists and 28 points in 23 games.

Florida’s McCullough is making his first start in an ECHL All-Star Game, but his third appearance tying him for fourth most games played with eight other players. McCullough, who leads the ECHL with 17 goals and 38 points in 26 games, has scored four goals in ECHL All-Star Games, tying him for second with two other players for the most goals scored, and has scored five points which ties him for fourth for the most points with nine other players. Under contract to Lowell of the AHL, McCullough scored a goal and had an assist in the Northern Conference’s 8-2 win in the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game and he had hat trick in the Northern Conference’s 9-5 loss in the 2001 ECHL All-Star Game.

Currently on call up to Lowell of the AHL, Roanoke’s Carlson is making his first ECHL All-Star appearance. The 24-year-old Carlson is tied for 14th in the ECHL in scoring with 29 points (11g-18a) in 19 games.

Reading’s Zion is making his first start in an ECHL All-Star Game, but his second consecutive appearance, having been selected as a rookie with Richmond. Zion, who scored a power-play goal in the Northern Conference’s 8-2 win in 2003, ranks seventh among ECHL defensemen with 21 points (6g-15a) in 18 games.

Making his first ECHL All-Star appearance is Cincinnati’s Brindley, who ranks eighth among ECHL defensemen and second on the Cyclones with 20 points (7g-13a) in 26 games.

In addition to Irbe, Johnstown will be represented by goaltender Cory Campbell and rookie forward Jason Notermann. Selected in the third round (92nd overall) by Los Angeles in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Campbell is 6-1-1 with a league-leading 1.47 goals against average. The 22-year-old Campbell is tied for the ECHL lead with two shutouts and ranks second with a .943 save percentage in eight games. In his first professional season, Notermann is tied for fifth among ECHL rookies with 10 goals and tied for sixth among rookie in scoring with a team-leading 21 points in 24 games.

In addition to Zion, Reading will be represented by rookie forward David Masse, who is under contract to Hershey of the AHL. In his first professional season, the 21-year-old Masse is tied for sixth among ECHL rookies with 13 assists and is tied for 13th in rookie scoring with 18 points in 19 games while also scoring one point (1g-0a) in six games with Hershey.

Host Peoria will be represented by left wing Randy Rowe. The 23-year-old Rowe is tied for the ECHL lead with three shorthand goals and four shorthand points and leads the Rivermen with 13 goals and 21 points in 23 games.

Currently on loan to Philadelphia of the AHL, Trenton’s Chris Houle is making his first ECHL All-Star appearance. In his first professional season, Houle is 5-3-0 with a league-leading .949 save percentage. The 21-year-old Houle is tied for the ECHL lead with two shutouts and ranks second in the ECHL with a 1.64 goals against average.

Atlantic City will be represented by rookie forward Sam Paolini and rookie defenseman Brian Fahey. In his first professional season, the 23-year-old Paolini is tied for fourth among ECHL rookies with 14 assists and ranks fourth in the rookie scoring race with 24 points (10g-14a). Selected in the fourth round (119th overall) by Colorado in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 22-year-old Fahey leads Atlantic City defensemen with 12 assists, 14 points, six power-play assists and eight power-play points in 25 games.

Representing Greenville will be forward Chris Lynch, who leads the Grrrowl with 12 goals, four power-play goals and 21 points in 22 games.

Florence will be represented by rookie defenseman Mark McRae, who was selected in the ninth round (288th overall) by Atlanta in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year-old McRae, who was a Rhodes Scholarship candidate, leads Pride defensemen with five goals and 12 points in 21 games.

Representing South Carolina will be rookie forward Kevin Spiewak, who is third on the Stingrays and tied for 14th among ECHL rookies with 17 points (8g-9a) in 24 games.

Charlotte will be represented by second-year professional David Inman, who is currently on call up to Lowell of the AHL. Selected in the second round (59th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Inman leads the Checkers with three shorthand goals, six power-play assists, eight power-play points (2g-6a), 20 assists and 27 points in 24 games.

Representing Columbia will be second-year professional Alexandre Burrows, who has 21 points (6g-15a) and is +11 in 15 games with the Inferno.

In his first professional season, Greensboro defenseman Tom Reiman ranks third among ECHL rookies with 11 power-play points (5g-6a) and is tied for 10th in rookie scoring with 19 points (7g-12a) in 25 games. Among ECHL defensemen, Reiman is tied for ninth in scoring.

Representing Toledo will be center Morten Ask, who leads the Storm with 13 assists and 20 points in 22 games.

Representing Dayton will be rookie defenseman Nate Kiser, who was selected in the fifth round (160th overall) by Phoenix in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Under contract to Syracuse of the AHL, the 21-year-old Kiser has five points (2g-3a) in 23 games for the Bombers.

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