PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced the roster for the ECHL All-Stars for the 2017 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic this afternoon.
The 2017 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic will feature the host Adirondack Thunder taking on the ECHL All-Stars in a non-traditional format featuring 5-on-5, 4-on-4, and 3-on-3 play, as well as a Skills Competition (Puck Relay, Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater) to highlight the talents of both teams.
The game will air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET from the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y.
The starting lineup is determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters and members of the media. Coaches also submit the players who they feel are the top prospects from their team and other teams in their conference which helps determine the final roster. Each of the ECHL teams has either a starter, reserve or alternate named for the ECHL All-Star Classic.
ECHL All-Star Starters
G – Jamie Phillips, Tulsa Oilers (26 gp, 18-7-1, 2.52 GAA, .919 save pct.)
D – Justin Agosta, Manchester Monarchs (26 gp, 6g, 15a, 21 pts.)
D – Jacob MacDonald, Toledo Walleye (30 gp, 7g, 19a, 26 pts.)
F – Chad Costello, Allen Americans (35 gp, 18g, 38a, 56 pts.)
F – Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces (30 gp, 24g, 21a, 45 pts.)
F – Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne Komets (29 gp, 19g, 26a, 45 pts.)
Jamie Phillips of the Tulsa Oilers leads ECHL goaltenders with 18 wins, 1,572 minutes played and 745 saves and leads rookie goaltenders – while ranking seventh overall – with a 2.52 goals-against average.
Justin Agosta of the Manchester Monarchs is second in the league in plus-minus with a +20 rating while he is tied for sixth among defensemen with 21 points (6g-15) in 26 games.
Toledo’s Jacob MacDonald is tied for second among blueliners with 26 points while his seven goals are tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen. He has 10 power-play points (2g-8a) which is tied for third among defensemen.
Chad Costello of the Allen Americans, the two-time reigning ECHL scoring champion and last season’s ECHL Most Valuable Player, leads the league with 38 assists, 56 points and 19 power-play points (4g-15a).
Alaska’s Peter Sivak has a league-leading 24 goals to go along with 45 points, which is tied for overall. He also sits on top of the league with six game-winning goals while ranking third with 144 shots on goal.
Rounding out the starting line-up is Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski who is tied for second in the league with 45 points (19g-26a) and fourth with 14 power-play points (3g-11a).
ECHL All-Star Reserves
G – C.J. Motte, Quad City
D – Eric Knodel, Cincinnati; Spiro Goulakos, Greenville; Travis Walsh, Idaho; Kevin Tansey, Missouri; Michael Young, Rapid City; Kevin Schulze, Wheeling
F – Justin Buzzeo, Atlanta; Matt Garbowsky, Colorado; John McCarron, Florida; Alex Wideman, Indy; Tony Cameranesi, Orlando, Justin Crandall, Reading; Steven McParland, South Carolina; Erik Bradford, Utah; Alexis Loiseau, Wichita
The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest, with player appearances, interactive game, prizes, giveaways, auctions, memorabilia, and a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George, N.Y. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the day’s events include the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon and the 2017CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic. Select ECHL Skills competitions will be held the same night and will be incorporated into the evening’s events.