Lineups announced for ECHL All-Star Skills Competition

PRINCETON, N.J. –The ECHL All-Stars and Colorado Eagles will take the ice at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. MT for the ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by CCM and OtterBox.

The 2013 ECHL All-Star Game presented by
University of Colorado Health
, featuring the Colorado Eagles taking on the ECHL All-Stars is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. MT.

Both events will be broadcast live online free of charge through
America ONE Sports, the “Official Broadband & Mobile Broadcaster” of the ECHL.”

Lineups for the skills events are subject to change.

Competing in the
University of Colorado Health Team Skills Course for the ECHL All-Stars will be Bakersfield’s Francis Verreault, Dustin Gazley of Elmira, Casey Pierro-Zabotel of Gwinnett, Idaho’s Austin Fyten, Chris Francis of Las Vegas, Ontario’s C.J. Stretch, Willie Coetzee of Toledo and Utah’s Mitch Wahl. The goaltender for the Team Skills Course is Ryan Zapolski of South Carolina. The Eagles participants are Arthur Bidwill, Jason Beatty, Matt Strueby, Kevin Ulanski, Isaac Smeltzer, Steve Haddon, Michael Forney, Joey Sides, Ray Kaunisto, Dylan Hood, Devin DiDiomete and Trent Daavettila while the goaltender will be Adam Brown.

The City of Loveland Accuracy Shooting Competition, the shooters for the ECHL All-Stars will be Dustin Gazley of Elmira, Dean Ouellet of San Francisco and Andrew Hotham of Wheeling while the passers will be Cincinnati’s Taylor Ellington, Fort Wayne’s Daniel Maggio, Stockton’s Justin Maylan and Ontario’s Chris Huxley. The shooters for the Colorado Eagles will be Michael Forney, Kevin Ulanski and Joey Sides while the passers will be Trent Daavettila and Steve Haddon. The individual record for most targets hit is 4 of 4 by Ryan Kinasewich of Utah in 2010 and Ash Goldie of Victoria in 2008 while the team record is 11 of 18 by the National Conference in 2010.

Competing in the
Sher-Wood Hockey Rapid Fire competition, shooting for the ECHL All-Stars will be Evansville’s Nathan Moon, Greenville’s Mike Marcou, Ontario’s Chris Huxley and Utah’s Mitch Wahl while the goaltenders will be Gwinnett’s Mike Lee and Reading’s Philipp Grubauer. Shooting for the Colorado Eagles will be Dylan Hood, Kevin Ulanski, Michael Forney and Joey Sides while the goaltenders will be Adam Brown and Kyle Jones. The individual record for most saves is 10 of 10 by Ryan MacDonald of Fresno in 2007, Dan Ellis of Idaho in 2004 and Brian Leitza of Baton Rouge in 2001 while the team record is 26 of 30 by the Western Conference in 2004.

OtterBox Fastest Skater competition will feature ECHL All-Stars Mike Marcou of Greenville, C.J. Severyn of Orlando and Willie Coetzee of Toledo while Mike Lee of Gwinnett will compete in the goaltender’s heat against Dylan Hood, A.J. Hau, Joey Sides and Kyle Jones (goaltender’s heat). The ECHL record for fastest skater is 13.395 by Jeff Lazaro of New Orleans in 1998.

Competing in the
CCM Hardest Shot competition for the ECHL All-Stars will be William Wrenn of Alaska, Taylor Ellington of Cinicnnati, Daniel Maggio of Fort Wayne and C.J. Stretch of Ontario against Isaac Smeltzer, Jason Beatty, Collin Bowman and Norm Ezekiel of the Colorado Eagles. The record for the hardest shot is 102.7 mph by Josh Godfrey of South Carolina in 2011 while the team record is 97.90 mph by the American Conference in 2010.

The MeiGray Group Breakaway Relay for the ECHL All-Stars will be William Wrenn of Alaska, Francis Verreault of Bakersfield, Nathan Moon of Evansville, Casey Pierro-Zabotel of Gwinnett, Austin Fyten of Idaho, Chris Francis of Las Vegas, C.J. Severyn of Orlando, Dean Ouellet of San Francisco, Justin Maylan of Stockton and Andrew Hotham of Wheeling while the goaltenders will be Philipp Grubauer of Reading and Ryan Zapolski of South Carolina. Competing for the Colorado Eagles will be Trent Daavettila, Michael Forney, Dylan Hood, Matt Strueby, Collin Bowman, Steve Haddon, Ray Kaunisto, Joey Sides, A.J. Hau and Devin DiDiomete while the goaltenders will be Adam Brown and Kyle Jones. The record for most goals scored is eight by two teams, most recently by the National Conference in 2006, while the record for most team saves is 16 by the American Conference in 2007 and 2010 and the record for most individual saves is 6 of 6 by eight goaltenders, most recently by Patrick Killeen of Wheeling in 2011.  

More than 50 players from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 39 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.  

The sixth class will be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on Jan. 23, 2013 during a luncheon ceremony presented by BFL Canada at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, the official host hotel of the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game. Click here to download the ticket order form.

The past nine ECHL All-Star Games have generated more than $1 million each for the local economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel rooms and spend three days in the host city.

 Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts 

• Watch games live on America One Sports, the “Official Broadband & Mobile Broadcaster” of the ECHL.

• The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

• The league officially changed its name from East Coast Hockey League to ECHL on May 19, 2003.

490 players have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 23 in 2011-12.

• The ECHL has had 298 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years.

• 234 ECHL players have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.

• ECHL had a record 81 players on NHL opening-day rosters in 2011-12, surpassing the 79 from 2010-11 and marking the ninth year in a row that there have been over 50 former ECHL players on opening-day rosters.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2012-13, marking the 16th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.

• 30 coaches with an ECHL background are working behind the benches of teams in the NHL including Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, Pittsburgh Penguins head coach and 2011 Jack Adams Award winner Dan Bylsma, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel. It is the seventh consecutive season that there have been 11 or more coaches with an ECHL background working in the NHL. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award.

• 26 former ECHL officials are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2012-13 with referees Darcy Burchell, Francis Charron, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Trent Knorr, Mike Leggo, Dave Lewis, T.J. Luxmore, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dean Morton, Dan O’Rourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Graham Skilliter, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh, and linesmen Steve Barton, Matt MacPherson, Brian Mach, Tim Nowak, Bryan Pancich and Jay Sharrers.

• ECHL was represented for the 12th year in a row on the Stanley Cup champion in 2012 with Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon, players Dwight King, Jordan Nolan and Jonathan Quick, manager of communications/broadcasting Jeremy Zager and scouts Steve Greeley, Mark Mullen and Mark Yannetti. Quick was named the recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the second consecutive year a former ECHL player won the award.. There were 43 former players and 13 coaches on the 16 teams competing in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the seventh year in a row that there have been at least 30 former ECHL players and the ninth consecutive season that over 25 players with ECHL experience have competed in the NHL postseason.

• ECHL was represented in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game by Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  

• Former ECHL broadcasters working in the NHL include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Jack Michaels of the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Bob McElligott of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

• Ryan Stanzel and Jeremy Zager, who were both recipients of the ECHL Media Relations Director of the Year award, are working in the communications department for the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Former ECHL assistant director of communications Joe Siville works in the communications department for the Philadelphia Flyers.

• ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the American Hockey League in 2012-13 and for the past 23 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.

• In the last seven seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 3,500 call-ups involving more than 1,800 players and in 2011-12 there were 10 times as many call-ups from the ECHL to the AHL than all other professional leagues.

• The ECHL averaged 4,281 fans per game in 2011-12, marking the eighth consecutive season and the 20th time in the last 22 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.

• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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