North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays announced today that head coach Cail MacLean has been named the coach of the American Conference All-Star Team alongside Charlotte Checkers head coach Derek Wilkinson. MacLean joins Stingrays defenseman Zach Tarkir, forward Nikita Kashirsky and goaltenders Todd Ford and Braden Holtby for the 2010 ECHL All-Star game in Ontario, California on January 20.
MacLean, 33, is in his first season as head coach and director of hockey operations for South Carolina after working as an assistant coach for the Stingrays Kelly Cup champion team in 2008-09. MacLean replaced Jared Bednar, who is now an assistant coach with Abbotsford in the American Hockey League, on July 1, 2009. The Middleton, NS native concluded his 11-year playing career with South Carolina in 2007-08 when he led the team with 14 power-play goals while scoring 46 points (21g-25a) in 63 games. He played three seasons for the Stingrays and ranks in the Top 20 on the team career lists with 63 goals, 74 assists and 137 points while his 17 power-play goals in 2006-07 are the second-most in team history.
MacLean was a starter for the Northern Conference in the 2001 All-Star Game at Trenton, N.J. and he also played in 1999 scoring the game-winning goal and registering an assist in the Southern Conference’s 7-4 win at Biloxi, Miss.
The Stingrays return to action Wednesday, January 6 against the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listen to the game LIVE at www.stingrayshockey.com! The Rays return to North Charleston Coliseum Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m. against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Join the Stingrays on Sunday for Kid’s Day featuring $5 kid’s tickets and a pregame kid’s carnival. It is also Adopt-a-Dog Sunday with Camp Bow Wow. Be sure to stop by their table on the main concourse to see the Adoptable Dog of the Night. Stick around after the game for Post-Game Autographs with your favorite Stingrays players. Ticket packages and individual tickets are on sale now! Call the Stingrays front office at (843) 744-2248 for more information. For all the latest Stingrays news, visit www.stingrayshockey.com
About the 2010 All-Star Game:
The 2010 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Reebok Hockey and brought to you by Toyota and the City of Ontario will be hosted by the Ontario Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena and played on Jan. 20, 2010 while the 2010 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held on Jan. 19, 2010.
There are 11 rookies on the American Conference and 19 of the 21 players are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game.
There have been 58 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 33 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.
The starting lineups are determined in voting by American Conference coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members. Coaches also submitted the top prospects from within their conference to determine the final roster with each of the 12 teams having a representative
The third class will be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on Jan. 20, 2010 during a luncheon ceremony at the Hilton Ontario Airport, the official host hotel of the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Reebok Hockey and brought to you by Toyota and the City of Ontario. The featured speaker at the ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon will be Hockey Hall of Fame member and Los Angeles Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille.
Tickets for the luncheon are $40 each or a table with seven tickets can be purchased for $250. The Ontario Reign is offering a special ticket package that includes a ticket to the ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon, the All-Star Skills Competition, the Fan Fest at Dave & Busters and the ECHL All-Star Game for only $75. To purchase tickets visit OntarioReign.com/team/allstar/ or telephone the Ontario Reign at (909) 941-7825.