North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays announced today that Travis Morin, Johann Kroll and Michal Neuvirth have been selected to represent the Stingrays in the 2009 All-Star Game held in Reading, PA. The Reading Royals, the City of Reading and the Sovereign Center will host the 17th Annual ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 21, 2009 and the 12th Annual All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 20, 2009.
Morin is making second straight appearance and first start while it is the first All-Star selection for defenseman Johann Kroll and goaltender Michal Neuvirth. The 24-year-old Morin, who is under contract to Washington of the NHL, is fourth in the league with 25 assists and seventh with 34 points in 28 games while the 24-year-old Kroll has 16 points (1g-15a) in 26 games. Selected in the second round (34th overall) by Washington in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to the Capitals, the 20-year-old Neuvirth is second in the league with a goals-against average of 1.90 and is third with a save percentage of .932 and tied for third with two shutouts.
There are 11 rookies on the American Conference and 18 of the 21 players are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game. There have been 46 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 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 nine teams having a representative.
The Stanley Cup and the Patrick J. Kelly Cup will both be on display throughout the event, marking the ninth time in the last 10 years that the NHL championship trophy and the ECHL championship trophy have been displayed together at the All-Star Game.
Come ring in the New Year with the Stingrays tonight at 7:05 p.m. as the team hosts the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Stay until the end of the game and help the Stingrays count down to the annual balloon drop.
Next up for the Stingrays: Guaranteed Win Night against the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday Night. If the Stingrays don’t defeat the Gladiators, everyone in attendance that fills out a form receives a free ticket to the Jan. 15th game against the Florida Everblades.
Still available for purchase is the Stingrays Pick 6 Plan. Pick any six Stingrays games for the price of five. For more information, visit the Stingrays website at www.stingrayshockey.com. Stingrays Hockey – A Whole Lot Cooler!