Three to Join Sanderson at All-Star Game
CALGARY, AB - The Calgary Roughnecks announced today that Captain Tracey Kelusky, and transition players Jeff Shattler and Jeff Moleski will be joining teammate Josh Sanderson at next month's All-Star game.
All three Riggers will join the Western Division lineup, along with Sanderson, who was named to the team's starting lineup on Monday. A total of 36 players will participate in the All-Star Game.
Tracey Kelusky has been a dynamic leader for the Calgary Roughnecks this season. The 33-year-old sits right below teammate Josh Sanderson in points for the Roughnecks with 35 (10g, 24a). On top of that, Kelusky is ninth in the NLL for points. During the February 6th game against the Minnesota Swarm, the native of Peterborough, ON scored four goals and five assists leading his team to a 13-8 victory.
Transition player Jeff Shattler has really stepped into his role this season, being strong for the Roughnecks both in the defensive and offensive ends. Shattler has tallied three goals and five helpers for a total of eight points this season. The 24-year-old has also collected 33 loose balls for the Riggers in six games.
Jeff Moleski has been acknowledged as a strong force for the Roughnecks this season. In five matches, the native of Prince George, BC, has notched six points, including four goals and two helpers. Of the four goals, one has been a game winner. Moleski leads the Calgary squad in loose balls, collecting 38 this season.
The National Lacrosse League's All-Star weekend kicks off March 6 when Denver's Pepsi Center plays host to the NLL All-Star Skills Challenge. The West All-Stars will face off against the East All-Stars on March 7th at 7 p.m. MT.
The Eastern Division All-Stars will be coached by Jim Veltman, while the Western Division All-Stars will be coached by Dallas Eliuk. Both Veltman and Eliuk will be inducted into the National Lacrosse League's Hall of Fame on March 7th in an afternoon ceremony at the Pepsi Center.
Live coverage of both the Skill Challenge and the East vs. West Game can be seen on the NLL Network at NLL.com.
2009 All-Star Game Rosters EASTERN DIVISION
Starters: Dan Dawson - Boston Blazers (Forward) Casey Powell - New York Titans (Forward) Mark Steenhuis - Buffalo Bandits (Forward) Geoff Snider - Philadelphia Wings (Transition) Chris White - Buffalo Bandits (Defenceman) Ken Montour - Buffalo Bandits (Goaltender)
Reserves: Jason Crosbie - Toronto Rock (Forward) 1st All-Star selection; currently 10th in assists (22) and tied for 12th in points (31)
Gary Gait - Rochester Knighthawks (Forward) 6th All-Star selection; currently tied for 12th in goals (13)
Pat Maddalena -- New York Titans (Forward) 2nd All-Star selection; currently tied for sixth in assists (24) and tied for third in goals (17) and points (41)
John Tavares - Buffalo Bandits (Forward) 8th All-Star selection; currently sixth in points (36) and tied for sixth in goals (16)
Roger Vyse - Buffalo Bandits (Forward) 1st All-Star selection; tied for sixth in goals (16)
Shawn Williams - Rochester Knighthawks (Forward) 6th All-Star selection; currently 11th in points (32) and tied for sixth in assists (24)
Jordan Hall -- New York Titans (Transition) 1st All-Star selection; currently second in assists (29) and tied for third in points (41)
Mitch Belisle - Boston Blazers (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; anchors defense that has allowed second fewest goals in Eastern Division (71)
Greg Peyser - New York Titans (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; leads Titans defensive transition and is currently eighth in loose balls (66)
Kyle Sweeney - Philadelphia Wings (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; currently 10th in loose balls (64)
Cam Woods - Toronto Rock (Defenceman) 4th All-Star selection; has collected 32 loose balls so far this season
Anthony Cosmo - Boston Blazers (Goaltender) 4th All-Star selection; third in total saves (225)
Colin Doyle - San Jose Stealth (Forward)
Josh Sanderson - Calgary Roughnecks (Forward)
Dan Teat - Edmonton Rush (Forward)
Brodie Merrill - Portland LumberJax (Transition)
Bruce Murray - Colorado Mammoth (Defenceman)
Matt Disher - Portland LumberJax (Goaltender)
Reserves: Brian Langtry - Colorado Mammoth (Forward) 1st All-Star selection; currently tied for 12th in goals (13) and tied for 22nd in points (27)
Peter Morgan - Portland LumberJax (Forward) 2nd All-Star selection; currently tied for ninth in goals (14)
Gavin Prout - Colorado Mammoth (Forward) 7th All-Star selection; tied for 20th in assists (16)
Tracey Kelusky - Calgary Roughnecks (Forward) 6th All-Star selection; tied for sixth in assists (24) and ninth in points (34)
Jeff Zywicki - San Jose Stealth (Forward) 3rd All-Star selection; currently tied for ninth in goals (14) and tied for 16th in points (29)
Nick Carlson - Colorado Mammoth (Transition) 2nd All-Star selection; leads Mammoth transition game, has collected 30 loose balls
Jeff Shattler - Calgary Roughnecks (Transition) 2nd All-Star selection; leads Calgary's transition game with eight points and 33 loose balls
Ryan Cousins - Minnesota Swarm (Defenceman) 5th All-Star selection; named league's Defensive of the Player Award for the past two seasons
Ian Hawksbee - Edmonton Rush (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; tied for eighth in loose balls (66)
Nick Inch - Minnesota Swarm (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; Minnesota defense has held opponents to an average of 10 goals per game
Jeff Moleski - Calgary Roughnecks (Defenceman) 1st All-Star selection; Calgary defense has held opponents to 62 goals in first six games
Andrew Leyshon - Colorado Mammoth (Goaltender) 1st All-Star Selection; currently third among starting goaltenders in Goals Against Average (9.24)
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