The United States Hockey League today announced the midseason CCM All-Star selections for the Eastern and Western Conference.
A total of 44 players – 22 from the Eastern and 22 from the Western – were chosen based on a vote by USHL coaches and general managers. The CCM All-Star rosters for each conference are made up of 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders.
"The USHL’s CCM All-Star Awards represent one of the most prestigious midseason honors a junior-age player in North America can receive," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "These rising stars exemplify what’s special about the USHL and USA Hockey’s development model. Five of this year’s selections are already NHL draft choices, and several more will be drafted in June. Nearly all of the selections already has an NCAA Division I scholarship commitment, and they’re going to 24 universities in all five of the collegiate hockey conferences. They’re the best, representing the best, and this office and CCM are proud to salute them."
Four players were named USHL All-Stars for the second straight season. Omaha Lancers forward Seth Ambroz, Des Moines Buccaneers defenseman Austin Coldwell, and Indiana Ice defenseman Nick Mattson all competed in the 2010 USHL All-Star Game while Team USA f Read more»
Edmonton, AB — With the first overall selection in the ’10 WHL Bantam Draft the Prince George Cougars selected Alex Forsberg of Waldheim, Saskatchewan.
Forsberg, a 5’9”, 170 pound centre played the 2009-10 season with the Beardy’s Blackhawks of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, finishing tied for third in league scoring with 26 goals and 46 assists for 72 points in 44 games, tops among all rookies in the SMAAAHL. In the 2010 SMAAAHL playoffs, Alex recorded seven goals and nine points in six games, earning a goal in Beardy’s final five games and recorded a point in all six games.
“We are proud to select a quality young man with exceptional hockey ability first overall in the draft,” said Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson. “Alex possesses the skills necessary to become a top quality hockey player for the Prince George Cougars.”
“What he did this year in a Midget AAA setting is incredible,” said Wade Klippenstein, Cougars Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel. “It’s almost unprecedented for a second year bantam player to not only play Midget AAA, but to dominate. His maturity as a player, his intelligence and his ability to score really give him all the important characteristics of becoming a great hockey player. Read more»