USHL announces mid-season All-Stars

By League Press Release

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 forward Rocco Grimaldi was named but unable to participate in the event.

The Green Bay Gamblers, who currently have the best record in the USHL (30-10-2), lead the way with five All-Star selections while the Indiana Ice and the Dubuque Fighting Saints also each placed five players among the selections.

The USHL All-Star Game is absent from the schedule this season as the League is exploring options to develop an format that will build off the success of prior games and provide an improved experience for fans, scouts, and media.

2011 USHL All-Star Rosters

EASTERN Conference

Defensemen: Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), Alexx Privitera (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Jacob Trouba (Team USA), Andrew Panzarella (Waterloo Black Hawks), Scott Mayfield (Youngstown Phantoms)

Forwards: Cason Hohmann (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jayson Megna (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Austin Czarnik (Green Bay Gamblers), William Kessel (Green Bay Gamblers), Jean-Paul LaFontaine (Green Bay Gamblers), Blake Coleman (Indiana Ice), Brian Ferlin (Indiana Ice), Peter Schneider (Indiana Ice), Daniil Tarasov (Indiana Ice), Matt Berry (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Ryan Misiak (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Rocco Grimaldi (Team USA), Cody Strang (Youngstown Phantoms)

Goaltenders: Brady Hjelle (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Ryan McKay (Green Bay Gamblers)

WESTERN Conference

Defensemen: Austin Coldwell (Des Moines Buccaneers), Joakim Ryan (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Brian Cooper (Fargo Force), Matt Prapavessis (Lincoln Stars), Ben Marshall (Omaha Lancers), Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City Musketeers), Rick Pinkston (Tri-City Storm)

Forwards: Cal Decowski (Des Moines Buccaneers), John Gaudreau (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Vinny Saponari (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Tanner Kero (Fargo Force), Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force), Ryan Dzingel (Lincoln Stars), John McCarron (Lincoln Stars), Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Nick Oddo (Omaha Lancers), Caleb Herbert (Sioux City Musketeers), Max McCormick (Sioux City Musketeers), Ryan Jacobson (Sioux Falls Stampede)

Goaltenders: Matt Morris (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ryan Massa (Fargo Force)


2011 CCM All-Stars

NHL Draft Selections

Nick Mattson – Chicago Blackhawks (2010)

Ben Marshall – Detroit Red Wings (2010)

Jimmy Mullin – Tampa Bay Lightning (2010)

Caleb Herbert – Washington Capitals (2010)

Vinny Saponari – Atlanta Thrashers (2008)

College Commitments

Nick Mattson – University of North Dakota

Andrew Panzarella – University of North Dakota

Rocco Grimaldi – University of North Dakota

Jordan Schmaltz – University of North Dakota

Jayson Megna – University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ryan Massa – University of Nebraska-Omaha

Brian Cooper – University of Nebraska-Omaha

Seth Ambroz – University of Minnesota

Ben Marshall – University of Minnesota

Caleb Herbert – University of Minnesota-Duluth

Cal Decowski – University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jean-Paul LaFontaine – Minnesota State, Mankato

Scott Mayfield – University of Denver

Austin Coldwell – University of Alaska Anchorage

Aaron Harstad – Colorado College

Tanner Kero – Michigan Tech University

Matt Prapavessis – Bemidji State University

Cody Strang – University of Wisconsin

Jimmy Mullin – Miami University

Austin Czarnik – Miami University

Blake Coleman – Miami University

Ryan McKay – Miami University

Max McCormick – Ohio State University

Ryan Dzingel – Ohio State University

Brady Hjelle – Ohio State University

William Kessel – Western Michigan University

Peter Schneider – University of Notre Dame

Matt Berry – Michigan State University

Alexx Privitera – Boston University

Cason Hohmann – Boston University

Vinny Saponari – Boston College

Matt Morris – University of Maine

Zemgus Girgensons – University of Vermont

John Gaudreau – Northeastern University

Brian Ferlin – Cornell University

Joakim Ryan – Cornell University

John McCarron – Cornell University

Rick Pinkston – Dartmouth College

Ryan Misiak – Mercyhurst College