ECHL All-Star Game

By Parker Neale

The 2001 ECHL All-Star Game will take place this Tuesday, February 13th in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the third straight year that the game will be showcased on a national television broadcast as ESPN2 is picking up the coverage. Once again, the Northern Conference all-stars are pitted against their counterparts from the south.

In terms of the starting line-up for the Northern Conference, the attack is led by Kevin Hilton. The Charlotte forward has tallied 66 points in 51 games thus far. Also up front are Scott Bertoli and Cail Maclean of Trenton. Both these Titans players have been consistent all season, notching 39 and 32 points, respectively. On defence are Calvin Elfring of Roanoke and Tom Nemeth of Dayton. Elfring has contributed 35 points and 48 penalty minutes in 50 games while Nemeth has been stellar on the offence, with 43 points in 48 games. And, in goal is Scott Stirling, who is having a sensational campaign for Trenton, with 20 wins, a 2.10 GAA and a 0.924 save percentage in 30 games.

The Southern Conference has a powerful offensive attack with Dany Bousquet of Pee Dee, Brent Cullaton of Tallahassee and Matt Demarski of Florida leading the charge. Bousquet has 32 goals in 43 games, Cullaton has dominated with 68 points in 44 games and Demarski is on a point-a-game clip with 47 in 46 games. On defence are Trevor Demmans of Pee Dee and Chris Valicevic of Louisiana. Both these defenders have been steady at both ends of the ice and have recorded 36 and 40 points, respectively. In net for the south is Kirk Daubenspeck of South Carolina. The big goaltender has 22 wins, a 2.58 GAA and a 0.917 save percentage in 34 games this season.

The rest of the players taking part in the contest are as follows:

Northern Conference

Joe BlaznekRichmond
Darren ClarkPeoria
Joel IrwinGreensboro
Ben KeupDayton
Scott KingCharlotte
James Patterson        Toledo
Richard PitirriRichmond
Eric SchneiderJohnstown
Andrew WilliamsonToledo
Justin HarneyCharlotte
Jamie Sokolsky        Greensboro
Jeff SproatRoanoke
Mike VellingaJohnstown
Kenric ExnerPeoria
Joel LaingWheeling

Southern Conference

Martin BartekNew Orleans
Jeff BesPensacola
Cody BowtellMississippi
Aaron BrandArkansas
Andrew LongTallahassee
Eduard Pershin        Birmingham
Bobby RussellJackson
Jason SessaSouth Carolina
Jonas SolingAugusta
Likit Andersson        Augusta
Vratislav CechGreenville
Eric LongArkansas
Dave Van Drunen        Mobile
Brian LeitzaBaton Rouge
Jason SaalLouisiana