Rastislav Stana Stands Tall for Renegades

By Seth Keggins

Richmond Renegades top goaltender Rastislav Stana was a bit of a chance, having been selected in the late rounds of the 1998 NHL entry draft. However, Stana has been strong thus far for the ECHL Richmond Renegades. The 6 foot 2, 180 pound goaltender is the owner of a .917 save percentage as of December 19th. His stellar play has recently been rewarded a brief call-up with the parent Portland Pirates (AHL) with the ankle injury of Olaf Kolzig.

However, Stana should return to the Renegades this week and await the possibility of being selected to the ECHL All-Star team. Rastislav continues to keep strong numbers again this season with the Renegades. Recently in a pair of games, he stopped a combined 84 shots to improve his record to 11-6. Despite apparently not being well liked by the Reading fans, where a fan threw a beer on him earlier this week…”Ratty” continues to ignore the critics and surprise the scouts.


Princeton,N.J. (Edited by Seth Keggins)… The East Coast Hockey League on Thursday announced the Northern Conference roster for the 2002 Sovereign Bank/ECHL All-Star Game to be played at 7:30 p.m. ET on January 22 at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.

The starting lineup and the roster for the Northern Conference All-Stars were determined in a vote of Northern Conference coaches. The Northern Conference roster features 17 players that are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game, including seven rookies.

Each Northern Conference coach was asked to select two lineups. In addition to naming starters at each position from within their own conference, coaches were also asked to select a lineup of the top prospects in their conference, which determined the remainder of the Northern Conference All-Star Team. Each of the 13 teams in the Northern Conference has a representative on the roster.

Richmond has a pair of representatives in goaltender Rastislav Stana and Garrett Prosofsky, who was the CCM Rookie of the Month for October in the ECHL. Drafted in the seventh round (193rd overall) by Washington, Stana, who is under contract with Washington of the NHL, is currently on call-up to Portland of the AHL.

Stana is currently still up with the Portland Pirates as of December 29th. Portland goaltender Corey Hirsch remains out with a collar bone injury.