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UHL All-star teams announced

by UHL Press Release
January 4, 2001 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2)

ALL-STAR TEAMS ANNOUNCED

UHL Press Release

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO . . . The United Hockey League announced today the rosters for the 2001 UHL All-Star Classic to be held in Binghamton, NY on January 29-30. Each Member Club is represented by a minimum of two players, one selected by the fans and the other selected by the team’s coach. The All-Star coaching staff selected the remaining members of each 20-man roster, including both goaltenders.

During the month of December, fans voted for their All-Star selection in UHL arenas and through the League’s official web site (www.theuhl.com). Over 15,000 fan ballots were submitted including nearly 9,000 on-line ballots.

The Quad City Mallards and Missouri River Otters are represented by a League-high four players. Six of the seven Eastern Conference teams will have three representatives each.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAM

The Eastern Conference All-Stars selected by the fans include: center Kevin St. Jacques (Adirondack), left wing Olaf Kjenstad (Asheville), center Derek Knorr (B.C.), center Jeff Antonovich (Elmira), left wing Andrew Tortorella (Knoxville), center Harold Hersh (Mohawk Valley) and center Jim Brown (New Haven).

The remaining members of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team are: Adirondack defenseman John Batten and left wing Hugo Belanger, Asheville defenseman Brett Colborne and right wing Dominic Maltais, B.C. right wing Chris Grenville and center Derek Wood, Elmira defensemen Kelly Hultgren and Tim O’Connell, Knoxville goaltender Brad Guzda and defenseman Dmitry Ustyuzhanin, Mohawk Valley right wing Jay Mazur, and New Haven goaltender Blair Allison and defenseman Simon Olivier.

Knorr was selected as the Eastern Conference Team Captain by the All-Star coaching staff of Pat Bingham (Asheville) and Terry Ruskowski (Knoxville). Maltais and St. Jacques were selected as Alternate Captains.

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAM

The Western Conference All-Stars selected by the fans include: center Khalil Thomas (Flint), center Brent Gretzky (Fort Wayne), center Richard Keyes (Kalamazoo), left wing Kiley Hill (Missouri), defenseman Scott Feasby (Muskegon), center Jeff Loder (Port Huron), defenseman Garry Gulash (Quad City) and center Mike Figliomeni (Rockford).

The remaining members of the Western Conference All-Star Team are: Flint left wing Mark Major, Fort Wayne defenseman Frederic Bouchard, Kalamazoo defenseman Craig Paterson, Missouri center Colin Chaulk, defenseman Jeremy Rebek and goaltender Benoit Thibert, Muskegon center Todd Robinson, Port Huron left wing David-Alexandre Beauregard, Quad City defenseman Kelly Perrault, center Jason Ulmer and goaltender Martin Villeneuve, and Rockford left wing Nick Checco.

Loder suffered a potential season ending knee injury on December 29, and will not be able to participate in the All-Star Classic. Port Huron left wing Ryan Pawluk was named as Loder’s replacement.

Gulash was selected as the Western Conference Team Captain by the coaching staff of Paul MacLean (Quad City) and Mark Reeds (Missouri). Rebek and Beauregard were selected as Alternate Captains.

Ten All-Stars are making a return visit to the UHL’s showcase event. Gulash, the West MVP last season, will be making his third consecutive All-Star appearance. Bouchard, Chaulk, Feasby, Figliomeni, Grenville, Gretzky, Loder and Rebek all participated in the 2000 All-Star Classic in Muskegon. Beauregard was a member of the 1999 UHL All-Star Team that defeated the Canadian National Team in Quad City.

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