Starters For CHL in 2012 All-Star Game Announced
GLENDALE, AZ (December 28, 2011) Ė The Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced the six players voted to start for the CHL team in the 2012 CHL All-Star Game scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Prescott Valley, Arizona at Timís Toyota Center. For the fourth straight season, the game will have a format that will feature the home team (Arizona Sundogs) taking on a team of CHL All-Stars.
The starters were selected via voting done by CHL head coaches, CHL Communicationís Departments and select media members from CHL cities. In all, 53 ballots were cast during the voting process.
The top vote getter in the balloting process was Wichita defenseman Andrew Martens who appeared on 35 ballots, earning one of the two starting defensemen spots. He will be joined on the blue line by Tulsa rookie Jeff Terminesi. The starting forwards are Rapid Cityís Jesse Schultz (the top vote-getting forward appearing on 31 ballots), Allenís Bruce Graham and Quad Cityís Brandon Marino. The starting goaltender is Fort Wayneís Nick Boucher.
2012 CHL All-Star Team Starters
Position- Player (Team, Appearance)
Forward-Jesse Schultz (Rapid City, 1st)
Forward- Bruce Graham (Allen, 3rd)
Forward- Brandon Marino (Quad City, 1st)
Defenseman- Jeff Terminesi (Tulsa, 1st)
Defenseman- Andrew Martens (Wichita, 1st)
Goaltender- Nick Boucher (Fort Wayne, 1st)
Jesse Schultz (F), Rapid City Rush
The second-year Rush forward leads the league in points with 43 and is tied for fourth with 14 goals. When the 29-year-old has it going, the Rush win games as he is averaging more than two points a game in his teamís 14 wins (10 goals, 19 assists).
Bruce Graham (F), Allen Americans
Graham is the only voted-in starter who has played in a CHL All-Star Game before registering an assist in the 2010 game in Laredo. He was selected as a reserve last season but had to skip the game. This season, the 26-year-old is third in the league in scoring with 36 points (14-22=36) and tied for second in the league with six power play goals.
Brandon Marino (F), Quad City Mallards
The 25-year-old Marino is having a breakout season for the Mallards tied for the league lead with 16 goals and sitting tied for fourth with 35 points. The Riverside, California native has already set a career-high with his 16 goals and is just nine points shy of his high point mark.
Andrew Martens (D), Wichita Thunder
The reigning CHL Defenseman of the Year is back at the top leading all defensemen in scoring with 23 points (8-15=23) and sitting first among all skaters with an incredible +20 plus/minus rating. Martens has a huge November with 13 points (5-8=13) in 11 games and a +10 rating.
Jeff Terminesi (D), Tulsa Oilers
The rookie is second among all defensemen in scoring with 22 points (5-17=22) and is leading all blue liners with 11 power play assists. The 24-year-old defenseman also had a huge month of November with 15 points (4-11=15) in 12 games.
Nick Boucher (G), Fort Wayne Komets
The veteran goalie has been on his game all season leading the league with 15 wins, a 2.30 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and three shutouts. Boucher is 13-2-1 since early November allowing just 21 total goals in those 13 victories.
Wichita, KS- An hour after being named a starter on the 2012 CHL All-Star team, the Wichita Thunder announced that defenseman Andrew Martens has been called-up to the AHLís Oklahoma City Barons. Martens will be in uniform tonight when the Barons host the Rochester Americans.
GLENDALE, AZ (December 29, 2011) – The Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced the 13 reserves that will play for the CHL All-Star team in the 2012 CHL All-Star Game scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Prescott Valley, Arizona at Tim’s Toyota Center. The game’s format will feature the home team (Arizona Sundogs) taking on a team of CHL All-Stars.
The reserves were selected by the CHL All-Star Head Coach Dwight Mullins (Allen Americans) in conjunction with the CHL Hockey Operations Department.
2012 CHL All-Star Team Reserves
Position- Player (Team, Appearance)
Forward- Alex Bourret (Wichita, 1st)
Forward- Andrew Courtney (Missouri, 1st)
Forward- Aaron Lee (Rio Grande Valley, 1st)
Forward- Brett Lutes (Dayton, 1st)
Forward- Todd Robinson (Evansville, 1st)
Forward- Brett Smith (Fort Wayne, 1st)
Defenseman- Aaron Dawson (Bloomington, 1st)
Defenseman- Matt Gens (Evansville, 1st)
Defenseman- Dylan King (Allen, 1st)
Defenseman- Adam Rivet (Laredo, 3rd)
Defenseman- Riley Weselowski (Rapid City, 2nd)
Goaltender- Marco Cousineau (Allen, 1st)
Goaltender- Mark Guggenberger (Texas, 1st)
Of the reserves, only Laredo’s Adam Rivet and Rapid City’s Riley Weselowksi have all-star experience. This year’s team is a mix of young players along with some veterans with Allen’s Dylan King (21-years-old) being the youngest and Texas’ Mark Guggenberger and Allen’s Marco Cousineau closely following at 22-years-old.
Guggenberger (7-3-2, 2.36 GAA) and Cousineau (10-1-2, 2.55 GAA) are the reserve goaltenders while Bloomington’s Aaron Dawson, Evansville’s Matt Gens, Rivet, Weselowski and King are the reserve defensemen.
The reserve forwards are Wichita’s Alex Bourret, Missouri’s Andrew Courtney, Rio Grande Valley’s Aaron Lee, Dayton’s Brett Lutes, Evansville’s Todd Robinson and Fort Wayne’s Brett Smith.
The six starters were announced on Wednesday and with five players making their CHL All-Star debuts. The starters are forwards Jesse Schultz (Rapid City), Brandon Marino (Quad City) and Bruce Graham (Allen), defensemen Andrew Martens (Wichita) and Jeff Terminesi (Tulsa) and goaltender Nick Boucher (Fort Wayne).
GLENDALE, AZ (January 10, 2012) - The 2012 CHL All-Star Game is set for Wednesday night in Arizona at Tim's Toyota Center with the host Arizona Sundogs taking on a team of CHL All-Stars and today the head coach of the CHL All-Stars, Dwight Mullins (Allen) announced that Laredo's Adam Rivet will be the team's Captain and Allen's Bruce Graham and Evansville's Todd Robinson will be the game's Alternate Captains.
Rivet is an all-star veteran playing in his 3rd All-Star Game. The 31-year-old Fort Erie, Ontario native is playing in his seventh season with the Laredo Bucks sitting with 250 points (85-165=250) in 358 games with the team. Rivet serves as the Captain for the Bucks.
Graham has been selected to play in each of the last three All-Star Games (unable to attend last season's game in Rapid City) with this season marking the first time he has been voted as a starter for the game. The Moncton, New Brunswick native has 194 points (82-112=194) in 153 career games with the Americans.
Robinson is playing in his first CHL All-Star Game but the highly decorated forward is considered one of the greatest scorers ever in minor professional hockey. In 92 career CHL games, the Trail, British Columbia native has scored 146 points (39-107=146) seeing action with Evansville this season and the Odessa Jackalopes last season.
In addition, Wichita defenseman Andrew Martens and Allen goaltender Marco Cousineau will each miss Wednesday's All-Star Game due to both being on call-ups with the American Hockey League. Martens was voted a starter for Wednesday's games but will be replaced in the starting line-up by Rivet. Cousineau was called-up on Monday by the Syracuse Crunch and Martens has been up with the Oklahoma City Barons since December 28.
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