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Rissmiller Named To PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team

December 30, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Grand Rapids Griffins News Release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Griffins center Patrick Rissmiller has been selected to play for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team at the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Jan. 18-19 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.

Since being reassigned to the Griffins by the New York Rangers on Oct. 22, the 31-year-old Rissmiller has registered points in 18 of 29 games to rank among the team's leaders with nine goals (3rd), 15 assists (1st), 24 points (T1st), four power play goals (T3rd) and two game-winning goals (T2nd). He has gone scoreless in consecutive games just twice as a Griffin, posting four separate three-game point streaks and registering his 100th pro goal (Oct. 30), 200th pro assist (Dec. 13) and 300th pro point (Dec. 9).

Rissmiller, who counts two full seasons with the San Jose Sharks (2006-08) among his five years of NHL experience, earned two assists in six games with Hartford this season before joining the Griffins.

A native of Belmont, Mass., Rissmiller is the first Griffins forward to be selected to play in an AHL All-Star Classic since Kip Miller captained PlanetUSA at the 2007 edition in Winnipeg. In each of the past two seasons, a defenseman and goaltender represented Grand Rapids at the event (2009: D Jakub Kindl and G Daniel Larsson; 2008: D Jonathan Ericcson and G Jimmy Howard).

Rissmiller will be joined in Portland by five former Griffins: forwards Alexandre Giroux (Hershey), Darren Haydar (Lake Erie) and Ryan Keller (Binghamton), and defensemen Danny Groulx (Worcester) of the Canadian AHL All-Star Team, as well as forward Mark Cullen (Rockford) of the PlanetUSA All-Star Team.

Both the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday, Jan. 18 (8 p.m. EST) and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, Jan. 19 (6 p.m. EST) will be televised live nationally in the United States and Canada.

2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic Jan. 18-19 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine

PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team

Forwards x-Keith Aucoin, Hershey x-Brandon Bochenski, Norfolk Mark Cullen, Rockford Lars Eller, Peoria Dan Fritsche, Syracuse x-Nathan Gerbe, Portland Christian Hanson, Toronto Mikko Lehtonen, Providence Graham Mink, Rochester ("C") Patrick Rissmiller, Grand Rapids Sergei Shirokov, Manitoba Jack Skille, Rockford Brett Sterling, Chicago

Defensemen John Carlson, Hershey Jonas Junland, Peoria Bobby Sanguinetti, Hartford Sean Sullivan, San Antonio x-Ivan Vishnevskiy, Texas Viatcheslav Voynov, Manchester x-Mike Weber, Portland Andy Wozniewski, Providence

Goaltenders Anton Khudobin, Houston x-Michal Neuvirth, Hershey Alexander Salak, Rochester

Head Coach: Mark Morris, Manchester Assistant Coach: Scott Pellerin, Manchester

Canadian AHL All-Star Team

Forwards x-Logan Couture, Worcester Tyler Ennis, Portland x-Alexandre Giroux, Hershey Andrew Gordon, Hershey Darren Haydar, Lake Erie Jason Jaffray, Abbotsford x-Dustin Jeffrey, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Ryan Keller, Binghamton Charles Linglet, Springfield Corey Locke, Hartford Jon Matsumoto, Adirondack Cal O'Reilly, Milwaukee Martin St. Pierre, Binghamton

Defensemen x-Nolan Baumgartner, Manitoba ("C") Tyler Eckford, Lowell Keaton Ellerby, Rochester Danny Groulx, Worcester Mark Katic, Bridgeport Maxim Noreau, Houston Bryan Rodney, Albany x-P.K. Subban, Hamilton

Goaltenders x-Jonathan Bernier, Manchester Cedrick Desjardins, Hamilton Brent Krahn, Texas

Head Coach: Mark French, Hershey Assistant Coach: Troy Mann, Hershey

x-starters, as determined by fan balloting

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