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Five Mammoth To All-Star Game, Murray A Starter

February 19, 2009 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Colorado Mammoth News Release

DENVER - The Colorado Mammoth announced today that five members of the team have been voted to the West Division's 2009 NLL All-Star team. Defenseman Bruce Murray has been selected as a starter for the West, while Brian Langtry, team captain Gavin Prout, Nick Carlson and goalie Andrew Leyshon will be reserves in the March 7 game at Pepsi Center.

It's the second All-Star selection for Murray, who anchors a Mammoth defense that has allowed second fewest goals in West Division (63) so far this season. The 6'1", 260 lb. firefighter from Coquitlam, British Columbia, has quickly become a fan-favorite in Denver over the last two seasons.

Forwards Brian Langtry and Gavin Prout will represent a Colorado offense that struggled early in the season, but has turned things around over the last few weeks - winning three straight games and averaging almost 13 goals per game in the process. It's the first All-Star appearance for Langtry, whose 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) leads the Mammoth offense through six games this season. His 13 goals rank him 12th in the league.

For Prout, Colorado's all-time scoring leader, this will mark his seventh trip to the showcase game. An All-Star in each of his six seasons with the Mammoth, Prout's 16 assists is a team high, while his 10 goals are second only to Langtry. The 26 points is good for second on the squad overall.

Transition player, Nick Carlson, makes his second trip to All-Star Weekend. The 6'0", 205 lb. Carlson has notched a goal and seven assists for Colorado though six games. The Nanaimo, British Columbia native has also hustled to 30 loose balls for the 4-2 Mammoth.

After stepping in for All-Star goalie Gee Nash early in the season, Andrew Leyshon has earned his first spot on the West Team. He's sported a 3-1 record in net for the Mammoth during his stretch that has led to a dramatic team turnaround. Leyshon has tallied 148 saves in the young season and his 9.24 goals against average is good for fourth in the league overall. With a save percentage of .791, Leyshon has provided his team a chance to win each night out.

The Mammoth is on the road this weekend - at San Jose on Saturday, February 21st and at Edmonton on Sunday, February 22nd - before returning to host All-Star Weekend - March 6th and 7th at Pepsi Center. For more information on the All-Star Weekend, including a schedule of events, ticket information, Hall of Fame luncheon and more, please visit ColoradoMammoth.com.

The next home game for Colorado is Sunday, March 22 when the Minnesota Swarm visits Pepsi Center for a 6pm contest. Tickets for all Mammoth home games are on sale now at the Pepsi Center box office, all Ticketmaster retail centers, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 303.830.TIXS or 719.520.9090.


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