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UHL names players of the week

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Wednesday that Quad City Mallards forward Luke Stauffacher has been named Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week and Rockford IceHogs goaltender Frederic Cloutier has been named Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 31st, 2006.

Stauffacher completed the week with nine points (4g, 5a) and a plus-8 rating in four games played. The day after Christmas, he registered two points (1g, 1a) in the 6-4 win vs. Chicago. He recorded a point on each of the first six goals (2g, 4a) by the Mallards in Saturday's 7-4 win vs. Flint. The six points is a season high for any player in the UHL. Stauffacher ended the week with a goal in the 4-2 win vs. Muskegon on Sunday. The 26-year-old native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin currently leads the Mallards with a plus-7 rating. After scoring five goals through his first 24 games of the season, he has netted seven goals over his last six games.

Other players nominated for the Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week include: Bloomington forward Alex Goupil, Elmira center Tommy Kotsopoulos, Flint center Terry Marchant, Fort Wayne center J.C. Ruid, Kalamazoo left wing Lucas Drake, Muskegon left wing Mike Watt, Port Huron center Greg Bullock, and Rockford center Preston Mizzi.

Cloutier finished the week with a 2-1-0 record, a 1.32 goals against average (GAA), a .957 save percentage (SPCT), and one shutout. He made 35 saves in the 3-1 win over Fort Wayne the day after Christmas. On Friday, he stopped all 25 Chicago shots during the 3-0 win to earn his first shutout of the season. He made 28 saves in the 3-2 loss to Muskegon on Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Saint-Honore, Quebec currently ranks fourth among UHL goaltenders in both GAA (2.48) and SPCT (.917). It is the second weekly honor for Cloutier who has posted a 12-11-0 record this season.

Other goaltenders nominated for the Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week include: Chicago's Marty Magers, Elmira's David Lemanowicz, Flint's Jason Muzzatti, Fort Wayne's Kevin St. Pierre, Kalamazoo's Tom Askey, Muskegon's Clayton Pool, Port Huron's Noah Ruden, and Quad City's Zach Sikich.
 

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Goupil, Lackner earn All-Star status

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Forward Alex Goupil and rookie defenseman Andrew Lackner will represent the Bloomington PrairieThunder in this year's United Hockey League All-Star Classic on Jan. 17 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., it was announced Wednesday.

Goupil and Lackner are members of the Eastern Conference team, which will be coached by Fort Wayne's Pat Bingham. The players were nominated by their respective coaches and selected by a vote of league coaches, general managers and media members.

Each conference's rosters are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and two goaltenders) with each UHL team represented by a minimum of two players. The starting lineups will be selected by the fans. Information regarding voting can be found on the UHL web site at Home Fans will be able to vote from Thursday through Tuesday.

Goupil leads the PrairieThunder in goals scored with 10 on 63 shots. He also has five assists for 15 points in 22 games. Twice, this season he has been within one goal of a hat-trick.

Lackner has played in 27 games and has scored two goals with one assist for three points. He has been among the team's more solid defenders all season, according to PrairieThunder coach Derek Booth.

"We're obviously happy for Alex and Andrew," said Booth. "Both have had solid seasons for us to this point and are deserving of their selections."

For a complete list of the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams go to Home

In other PrairieThunder news, defenseman Mike Clarke has left the team to play in Europe, while Sam Miller has joined the team from the Youngstown Steelhounds of the Central Hockey League.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Miller has played the last two seasons in Youngstown after starting his career with Memphis in the CHL in 2001. He also played at St. Pete/Winston-Salem in the ACHL; Port Huron in the UHL; New Mexico and Corpus Christi in the CHL.

"Sam is a hard worker, who brings grit to the team," said Booth of the 26-year-old Miller, who had 162 minutes in penalties last year.

Booth expects Miller and newcomers Mike Zbriger (right wing) and Dion Hyman (defenseman), who were obtained in a trade with Flint on Tuesday, to see action in tonight's Western Conference battle with Rockford at 7:05 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The PrairieThunder will be out to snap a nine-game losing streak in the Thirty Thursday promotion game where all beverages are on sale for $2.
 

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Chicago Congratulates First Ever Hounds All-Stars

Hoffman Estates, IL. The Chicago Hounds are delighted at the announced by the United Hockey League that both Defenseman Chris Busby and Forward Maris Ziedins were selected to the Western Conference All-Star team.

Chris Busby, the Kenilworth, Illinois native leads all Hounds defensemen in scoring this season. His presence in the locker-room and on the ice has helped the expansion franchise a great deal. Head Coach Greg Puhalski was thrilled at the selection of Busby, "Chris has displayed the kind of talent necessary to be an all-star. We are proud that he was picked and will represent the Hounds."

Maris Ziedins, the one time Latvian Olympian was also selected to represent his conference. Ziedins is second in scoring with 19points in 30 games while maintaining the highest plus/minus mark on the team. Ziedins is thrilled at the chance to play in an all-star game and his coach is also happy for him, "Maris is a big part of this club and has excelled with the responsibilities given to him. Along with his scoring touch is great defensive play and he will represent the conference very well," boasted Puhalski.

The annual event is being hosted by the Fort Wayne Komets and will be played on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The official rosters for each conference are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goaltenders) with each UHL Member Club represented by a minimum of two players.

Season ticket, sponsorship packages, and single game tickets are now available -- for more information on the Chicago Hounds and their inaugural season please call 847.882.2255 or visit Chicago Hounds Official Website.
 

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St. Pierre shuts out Jackals 1-0

Elmira, NY - Fort Wayne Komets goaltender Kevin St. Pierre out-dueled Jackals netminder Dave Lemanowicz for a narrow 1-0 Komets win Wednesday night at First Arena.

The Jackals put the pressure on the Komets all night long, out-shooting their opponents in each of the three periods. But the play of Fort Wayne goaltender Kevin St. Pierre was too much for the Jackals high-powered offense. Elmira out-shot the Komets 11-8 in the first, but the goalies dominated the period forcing a goalless draw.

The Jackals continued to fire shots on the Komets net in the second period, but the theme for the Jackals was their inability to cash in on their power play opportunities. Fort Wayne pulled ahead late in the period when Bogdan Rudenko blasted a one-timer in for a power play goal at 15:01, assisted by Guy Dupuis and Mario Larocque. Elmira out-shot their guests 11-7 in the second period, but could not beat St. Pierre.

In the final period, Elmira out-shot Fort Wayne 13-7, but despite a 4-minute power play called on Mike Dombkiewicz, the Jackals failed to score, going 0-for-9 on the power play in the game; the Komets were 1-for-5 with the man-advantage Wednesday night.

Kevin St. Pierre earned his 18th win of the season as he stopped all 35 shots he faced, earning the shutout as the Komets improved to 20-10-1 on the season. Dave Lemanowicz was excellent in goal for the Jackals, but suffered the loss as he made 21 saves on 22 shots; the Jackals are now 16-16-0 on the year.

Elmira will head on the road for games on Friday and Saturday night in Flint against the Generals. Face off for both nights is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Perani Arena. Sunday the Jackals are back in Elmira as they host the 1st place Muskegon Fury at 4:00 pm at First Arena.

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Three Jackals Named To UHL All-Star Game

The United Hockey League announced Wednesday afternoon the official rosters for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic in Fort Wayne, including three Jackals Brent Cullaton, Scott Wray and Dale Lupul.

Brent Cullaton, the Jackals captain will lead the Elmira trio in representing the Jackals during the UHL's annual event on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Playing in just 25 of the Jackals 32 games this season, Cullaton leads Elmira in scoring with 33 points (9 goals, 24 assists), which ties him for 8th in the UHL in scoring. The Petawawa, Ontario native leads the UHL in short-handed assists (4) and is 6th in the league in overall assists (24).

Joining the captain in the forward ranks of the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be left wing Scott Wray. The Ottawa, Ontario native is tied for 14th in the UHL in scoring with 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 32 games for Elmira. He leads the Jackals in goals (15) and is 2nd in the league in shots (167) and short-handed assists (3).

Defenseman Dale Lupul will be the Jackals lone blue liner going to this year's All-Star Classic. A second-year rookie, Lupul has emerged as a dominant force in both offensive and defensive zones. The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia native leads all Jackals defenseman in scoring with 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 32 games played and is 2nd on the team in shots (105). He is 5th amongst UHL defenseman in points (20), 4th in goals (8) and he is tied for 10th amongst rookies in scoring.

"We are very happy for all three of our All-Stars," said Jackals Head Coach/General Manager Robbie S. Nichols. "Each of them have had a fine start to the season and they will represent the Jackals very well at the upcoming All-Star Game."

The official rosters for each conference are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goaltenders) with each UHL Member Club represented by a minimum of two players. The starting lineups for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic will be selected by the fans. Jackals fans who wish to vote Cullaton, Wray and Lupul into the starting lineup must visit the official website of the UHL, Home. Fans will be able to vote for the starting lineups from Thursday, January 4th through Tuesday, January 9th.

The Jackals continue their Week 13 action on the road Friday January 5th and Saturday January 6th at Perani Arena against the Flint Generals. Both games are scheduled to face off at 7:30 pm. Elmira is back home on Sunday January 7th as they host the 1st place Muskegon Fury for a 4:05 pm face off at First Arena.
 

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Miller and Zehr Named to UHL All-Star Team

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals of the United Hockey League are proud to announce that defenseman Gerard Miller and forward Jeff Zehr have been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. This will be the first All-Star Game as a professional for both players.

The 2007 UHL All-Star Classic will be on Wednesday, January 17 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN. Each Conference All-Star Team will be comprised of 20 players, 18skaters and two goaltenders, with each UHL Member Club represented by a minimum of two players. The rosters for the two conferences are as follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

GOALTENDERS: Tom Askey (Kalamazoo), Clayton Pool (Muskegon).

DEFENSEMEN: Jeff Brown (Kalamazoo), Adam Elzinga (Kalamazoo), Dale Lupul (Elmira), Gerard Miller (Flint), Philippe Plante (Muskegon), Pat Sutton (Port Huron), Dave Van Drunen (Muskegon).

FORWARDS: Nick Bootland (Kalamazoo), Justin Cross (Kalamazoo), Brent Cullaton (Elmira), Rustyn Dolyny (Muskegon), Elias Godoy (Muskegon), Kory Karlander (Kalamazoo), Colt King (Port Huron), Todd Robinson (Muskegon), Mike Watt (Muskegon), Scott Wray (Elmira), Jeff Zehr (Flint).

HEAD COACH: Bruce Ramsay (Muskegon).

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

GOALTENDERS: Frederic Cloutier (Rockford), Kevin St. Pierre (Fort Wayne).

DEFENSEMEN: Chris Busby (Chicago), Guy Dupuis (Fort Wayne), Matt Gens (Rockford), Andrew Lackner (Bloomington), Mario Larocque (Fort Wayne), Nathan Lutz (Rockford).

FORWARDS: Kaleb Betts (Rockford), Justin Chwedoruk (Quad City), Nicolas Corbeil (Rockford), Martin Gascon** (Fort Wayne), Jonathan Goodwin (Fort Wayne), Alex Goupil (Bloomington), Don Parsons (Quad City), Brett Pilkington (Quad City), Bruce Richardson** (Fort Wayne), J.C. Ruid (Fort Wayne), Kevin Ulanski (Rockford), Chad Woollard (Quad City), Maris Ziedins (Chicago).

HEAD COACH: Pat Bingham (Fort Wayne)

**Bruce Richardson is injured and will not play in the game. Martin Gascon will take his spot on the roster.

A complete selection process for the UHL All-Star Classic is posted at Home.

The starting lineups for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic will be selected by the fans. Information about for voting can be found at the official website of the UHL, Home. Fans will be able to vote for the starting lineups from Thursday, January 4th through Tuesday, January 9th.
 

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Seven Komets named All-Stars

Fort Wayne, IN --- The United Hockey League announced Wednesday the official rosters for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. Six Komet players were named All-Stars and will skate for the Western Conference coached by Komet skipper Pat Bingham. Bingham earned the honor as All-Star Coach of the Western Conference after registering the best winning percentage of the Western Conference at the end of games played Dec. 31.

Komet players announced as 2007 UHL All-Stars were goaltender Kevin St. Pierre, defensemen Guy Dupuis and Mario Larocque, and forwards Bruce Richardson (C), Jonathan Goodwin (RW) and J.C. Ruid (C). Richardson is injured and will not play in the game. Komet center Martin Gascon will take his spot on the roster.

The official rosters for the Western and Eastern conferences are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goaltenders) and can be seen at the official website of the UHL Home .

Fort Wayne will host the 2007 All-Star Gala Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum beginning with a player's skills competition at 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office. Fans can also charge by phone at 260-424-1811.

Head Coach Pat Bingham.....is in his first year as Komet head coach. Skated 7 seasons as a pro defenseman before starting his coaching career in 1999 with Huntsville CHL. Guided the UHL Ashville Smoke to the 2001 Colonial Cup Finals. Honored with the ECHL's 2003-04 Coach of the Year award after leading Wheeling to their best season ever.

Goaltender Kevin St. Pierre.....is in his 12th pro season, 6th UHL and 4th with the Komets. Owns numerous records including the Komet franchise and UHL league records for shutouts with 23 UHL and 20 with the Komets. Selected 203-04 UHL Best Goaltender and named UHL MVP after backstopping the Komets to their second consecutive Tarry Cup in 2004.

Defenseman Guy Dupuis.....in his 17th pro season, 10th with the Komets and 2nd in the UHL as a Komet. Has now been named a UHL All-Star in each of his 3 seasons in the UHL. Leads the Komets with 23 assists and is second with 28 points.

Defenseman Mario Larocque.....is in his 9th pro season, 3rd in the UHL and first with the Komets. Leads UHL defensemen with 10 goals.

Center Bruce Richardson.....is in his 10th pro season, 3rd in the UHL and first with the Komets. Led Danbury in 2004-05 with 62 assists and 87 points. Unfortunately, due to injury, will not be able to appear in the 2007 UHL All-Star Game.

Center Martin Gascon.....is in his rookie season as a pro. Named UHL Player of the Week for week ending 11/19/06. Leads all Komet rookies with 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points. Will replace Komet Bruce Richardson on the UHL Western Conference roster.

Center J.C. Ruid.....is in his 9th pro season, 5th in the UHL and first with the Komets. Was named to the 2005 UHL All-Star team representing Rockford. Named UHL Player of the Week for week of 12/4/06.

Right Wing Jonathan Goodwin....is in his 3rd pro year and 3rd year with the Komets. Was also selected to the 2005 UHL All-Star team. Led the Komets in 2005-06 with 32 goals.
 

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K-Wings Send Six to the All-Star Game

Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the United Hockey League and 2005-06 Central Division, Tarry Cup and Colonial Cup Champions, announce that goaltender Tom Askey, defensemen Jeff Brown and Adam Elzinga and forwards Nick Bootland, Justin Cross and Kory Karlander have been selected to participate in the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. The game will be played Wednesday, January 17th at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Askey has been stellar for the K-Wings, as the netminder ranks third in the UHL in wins (15), goals against average (2.32) and save percentage (0.936). The native of Tonawanda, New York is also tied for the league lead in shutouts (3). The upcoming All-Star Classic will be the first in Askey's career.

Also making their inaugural trip to the All-Star Classic, will be defenseman Jeff Brown and Adam Elzinga. In just 23 games, Brown has racked up 14 points and a plus/minus rating of +8. Elzinga is contributed to the K-Wings offense, ranking sixth among all UHL defensemen with five goals.

Forward Nick Bootland will be heading to the All-Star Classic for the third time and his second with the K-Wings.. The veteran forward was part of the 2004 UHL All-Star Classic as a member of the Columbus Stars. The K-Wings Team Captain has led by example, scoring a team-high 19 goals and adding 13 assists for a total of 32 points, placing him tied for second on the K-Wings stat sheet in scoring. Bootland also leads the K-Wings in game-winning goals with four.

Rookie forward Justin Cross will be making his first journey to the All-Star Classic. Cross has been as hot as his native Camarillo, California weather, lighting the lamp 17 times to lead all UHL rookies. The first-year pro leads all K-Wings in scoring with 33 points.

The final K-Wing player to earn a trip to the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic is forward Kory Karlander. The veteran forward is tied with Bootland for second on the K-Wings roster with 32 points. Karlander will be making his first appearance in the UHL All-Star Classic.

"Having this many selections is a compliment to our team-first philosophy," said Vice President/General Manager Paul L. Pickard. "The entire team has been working hard this season and we (K-Wings) are pleased that their efforts have been rewarded by having six players selected to the All-Star team."

The six nominations for the K-Wings to the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic is a UHL franchise record for Kalamazoo. The previous high for the K-Wings was five all-stars set during in last year's game.

The official All-Star rosters are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and two goaltenders) with each Member Club represented by a minimum of two players. The following is the official roster for the 2006 UHL All-Star Classic.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS - Head Coach: Bruce Ramsey (Muskegon)

GOALTENDERS: Tom Askey (Kalamazoo), Clayton Pool (Muskegon).

DEFENSEMEN: Jeff Brown (Kalamazoo), Adam Elzinga (Kalamazoo), Dale Lupal (Elmira), Gerard Miller (Flint), Philippe Plant (Muskegon), Pat Sutton (Port Huron), Dave Van Drunen (Muskegon).

FORWARDS: Nick Bootland (Kalamazoo), Justin Cross (Kalamazoo), Brent Cullaton (Elmira), Rustyn Dolyny (Muskegon), Elias Godoy (Muskegon), Kory Karlander (Kalamazoo), Colt King (Port Huron) Todd Robinson (Muskegon), Mike Watt (Muskegon), Scott Wray (Elmira), Jeff Zehr (Flint).

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS- Head Coach: Pat Bingham (Fort Wayne)

GOALTENDERS: Frederic Cloutier (Rockford), Kevin St. Pierre (Fort Wayne Komets)

DEFENSEMEN: Chris Busby (Chicago), Guy Dupuis (Fort Wayne), Matt Gens (Rockford), Andrew Lackner (Bloomington), Mario Larocque (Fort Wayne), Nathan Lutz (Rockford).

FORWARDS: Kaleb Betts (Rockford), Justin Chwedoruk (Quad City), Nicolas Corbeil (Rockford), Martin Gascon**(Fort Wayne), Jonathan Goodwin (Fort Wayne), Alex Goupil (Bloomington), Don Parsons (Quad City), Brett Pilkington (Quad City), Bruce Richardson** (Fort Wayne), J.C. Ruid (Fort Wayne), Kevin Ulanski (Rockford), Chad Woollard (Quad City), Maris Ziedins (Chicago)

**Bruce Richardson is injured and will not play in the game, Martin Gascon will take his spot on the roster.

A complete selection process for the UHL All-Star Classic is posted at Home.

The starting lineups for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic will be selected by the fans. Information about for voting can be found at the official website of the UHL, Home. Fans will be able to vote for the starting lineups from Thursday, January 4th through Tuesday, January 9th.
 

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Pat Sutton and Colt King Named to UHL All-Star Team

(PORT HURON, MICH.) - Port Huron Flags defenseman Pat Sutton and left wing Colt King will play on the Eastern Conference squad in the United Hockey League's All-Star Game, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Forty Wayne, Ind.

Sutton and King were among a group of seven Flags players that were nominated to the ballot. Each of the UHL's ten teams selected five voters to cast their ballots for the All-Star line up, and the top vote-getters in each category were announced today, from the league office.

Sutton, who signed with the Flags in November, has been a strong defensive presence and has netted three goals and nine assists in 24 games.

King, who was among the first to ink a contract with Port Huron back in July, missed a month of games due to a wrist injury. In 23 games, he has recorded 11 goals and 10 assists. Most recently, he scored three goals on Dec. 30 against the Elmira Jackals, collecting the second hat trick of his career.

The Flags representatives will join an impressive line-up in Fort Wayne. Sutton will defend the Eastern Conference net with Kalamazoo's Jeff Brown and Adam Elzinga, Muskegon's Philippe Plante and Dave Van Drunen, Elmira's Dale Lupul and Flint's Gerard Miller. Tom Askey of the Kalamazoo Wings and Clayton Pool from the Muskegon Fury will trade goalie duties for the team.

King will attack the Western Conference's defense with some of the league's top scorers, including Kory Karlander, Nick Bootland and Justin Cross from Kalamazoo, Todd Robinson, Mike Watt, Elias Godoy and Rustyn Dolyny of Muskegon, Elmira's Brent Cullaton and Scott Wray and Flint's Jeff Zehr. The Eastern squad will be coached by Bruce Ramsay, who assumes bench duties for the first place Muskegon Fury. A complete listing of both teams can be found at Home

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Six IceHogs named to UHL All-Star Game

Rockford, Ill.- The United Hockey League announced the 2007 All-Star Team members on Wednesday and the Rockford IceHogs will have six representatives at the annual game on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Fort Wayne. The six All-Stars ties the IceHogs high water mark originally set when six Rockford skaters suited up in the 2005 All-Star Game in Adirondack.

Representing Rockford for the Western Conference club includes goaltender Frederic Cloutier, defensemen Matt Gens and Nathan Lutz and forwards Kevin Ulanski, Nicolas Corbeil and Kaleb Betts. The IceHogs tied the Fort Wayne Komets for most members on the Western Conference squad. The IceHogs and Komets team members will be matched up with players from the Bloomington PrairieThunder, Chicago Hounds and Quad City Mallards.

Cloutier, who is the fourth rated goalie in the UHL entering Week 13, was also named the UHL Goaltender of the Week for Week 12. The honor is the second of the season for Cloutier and is the second goalie in Hogs history to win the Goalie of the Week award twice in one season. Former IceHogs puck-stopper J.F. Rivard won the award twice during the Hogs inaugural season in 1999-2000. Cloutier was also named top goalie following Week 6.

During Week 12, Cloutier compiled a 2-1-0 record with a remarkable save percentage of .957 and a goals against average of 1.32. On Friday night, Cloutier earned his first shutout of the season in a 35 save performance over the Chicago Hounds. Overall in "˜06-07, Cloutier has a save percentage of .917 and goals against average of 2.48.

Cloutier will be joined by five others in Fort Wayne for the All-Star game. For Lutz, the All-Star appearance is his second with the IceHogs as he played in the 2005 game in Adirondack. The Hogs team captain leads all Rockford d-men in scoring with 3g-14a-17pts in 31 games. Gens, a UHL All-Rookie Team member a season ago, makes his first trip to the All-Star game.

The line combination of Ulanski, Corbeil and Betts was rewarded for their consistency, all three punching tickets to the mid-season get together. Ulanski has led the IceHogs in scoring for nearly two months and has 8g-22a-30pts on the campaign. Corbeil and Betts have been on the receiving end of most of Ulanski's team-leading 22 helpers, as the duo is one-two on the club in goals with Corbeil leading the way with 14 and Betts close behind at 13.

Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hogs play their first game at the MetroCentre in 2007 and open a season long five-game homestand. The game also marks the final of three straight against Bloomington. The first 1,000 fans will receive IceHogs Poster #4 courtesy of Pepsi, Medicine Man, Johnson Press and the Rockford Register Star.

Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Kalamazoo Wings. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Hogs and Wings mix it up once again at the MetroCentre. The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs Fleece Stadium Blanket from Lonnie's Carpet Max.
 

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Hogs fans can get a sneak peak of CoCo Key Water Resort

Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the Clock Tower Resort and CoCo Key Water Resort, announced on Wednesday that IceHogs fans can get a sneak preview of the brand new CoCo Key Water Resort on Saturday, Jan. 13. CoCo Key is the Clock Tower's newest attraction and doesn't open to the general public until Thursday, Jan. 18.

The family package for four people is just $151 and includes four tickets to the IceHogs Saturday, Jan. 13 game against the Quad City Mallards, and a one-night stay at the Clock Tower on Saturday, Jan. 13. The package also includes a four pack of passes to CoCo Key Water Resort to use from 10a.m to 2p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, exclusive "Pig Out With The Hogs" Sunday brunch from 9a.m. to 11a.m., a meet and greet autograph session with IceHogs players from 10 a.m to 10:30 a.m. and a $10 arcade card for each guest to be used in the new 10,000 square foot Key Quest Arcade. Don't forget to bring your cameras!

CoCo Key Water Resort is Rockford's first and only indoor water park. The water resort features over 60,000 square feet of water adventure including three water slides, Parrot's Perch, an interactive play island for kids, Coconut Grove Adventure River tube ride, Coral Reef Cavern, Palm Grotto Spa and Seascape Spa. CoCo Key also features a Dip-in Theatre Children's Pool, an area with shallow water where kids can float in while watching movies and animation on a movie size projection screen, hoisted upon a shipwrecked sail.

Other features at CoCo Key Water Resort include the Wet Rooster Bar, Callaloo Grill, four party rooms, five unique Cabanas and the Key Quest Arcade.

For season ticket holders or fans who already hold tickets for the IceHogs game on Jan. 13 against Quad City, the package price is discounted to $119 and does not include game tickets.

The Clock Tower is located at 7801 East State in Rockford, at I-90/East State Street Interchange and can be reached at 800-358-7666 for reservations or questions regarding CoCo Key Water Resort. When calling for reservations for the IceHogs Fan Appreciation Event on Jan. 13 mention the IceHogs Package. For more information contact Laurie Scott, Marketing Manager, at (815) 229-4027.

Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hogs play their first game at the MetroCentre in 2007 and open a season long five-game homestand. The game also marks the final of three straight against Bloomington. The first 1,000 fans will receive IceHogs Poster #4 courtesy of Pepsi, Medicine Man, Johnson Press and the Rockford Register Star.

Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Kalamazoo Wings. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Hogs and Wings mix it up once again at the MetroCentre. The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs Stadium Blanket from Lonnie's Carpet Max.
 

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Rosters announced for 2007 UHL All-Star Classic

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Wednesday the official rosters for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. The annual event is being hosted by the Fort Wayne Komets and will be played on Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The official rosters for each conference are comprised of 20 players (18 skaters and 2 goaltenders) with each UHL Member Club represented by a minimum of two players.

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

GOALTENDERS: Tom Askey (Kalamazoo), Clayton Pool (Muskegon).

DEFENSEMEN: Jeff Brown (Kalamazoo), Adam Elzinga (Kalamazoo), Dale Lupul (Elmira), Gerard Miller (Flint), Philippe Plante (Muskegon), Pat Sutton (Port Huron), Dave Van Drunen (Muskegon).

FORWARDS: Nick Bootland (Kalamazoo), Justin Cross (Kalamazoo), Brent Cullaton (Elmira), Rustyn Dolyny (Muskegon), Elias Godoy (Muskegon), Kory Karlander (Kalamazoo), Colt King (Port Huron), Todd Robinson (Muskegon), Mike Watt (Muskegon), Scott Wray (Elmira), Jeff Zehr (Flint).

HEAD COACH: Bruce Ramsay (Muskegon).

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

GOALTENDERS: Frederic Cloutier (Rockford), Kevin St. Pierre (Fort Wayne).

DEFENSEMEN: Chris Busby (Chicago), Guy Dupuis (Fort Wayne), Matt Gens (Rockford), Andrew Lackner (Bloomington), Mario Larocque (Fort Wayne), Nathan Lutz (Rockford).

FORWARDS: Kaleb Betts (Rockford), Justin Chwedoruk (Quad City), Nicolas Corbeil (Rockford), Martin Gascon** (Fort Wayne), Jonathan Goodwin (Fort Wayne), Alex Goupil (Bloomington), Don Parsons (Quad City), Brett Pilkington (Quad City), Bruce Richardson** (Fort Wayne), J.C. Ruid (Fort Wayne), Kevin Ulanski (Rockford), Chad Woollard (Quad City), Maris Ziedins (Chicago).

HEAD COACH: Pat Bingham (Fort Wayne)

**Bruce Richardson is injured and will not play in the game. Martin Gascon will take his spot on the roster.

A complete selection process for the UHL All-Star Classic is posted at Home.

The starting lineups for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic will be selected by the fans. Information about for voting can be found at the official website of the UHL, Home. Fans will be able to vote for the starting lineups from Thursday, January 4th through Tuesday, January 9th.

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UHL teams look forward to new year

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO --- The 2006 portion of the United Hockey League (UHL) schedule has wrapped up and now teams are setting high goals for the 2007 portion. With the season nearing the midway point and the All-Star Classic just around the corner, teams are making preparations for the remainder of the 2006-07 campaign and positioning themselves for a run at the Colonial Cup Championship.

The Port Huron Flags ended 2006 as one of the hottest teams in the league. Over the final ten games of 2006, the club posted an 8-1-1 record with the only regulation defeat coming on the final day of December. The Flags will have a couple of tough opponents to begin January as they face Western Conference leader Fort Wayne on Friday followed by Eastern Conference leader Muskegon the next evening.

The Muskegon Fury have led the league all season, but find themselves away from home for five of their first six games of 2007. They have proven themselves on the road to this point as they currently maintain the league's best road record this season (15-2-0).

The Quad City Mallards have plenty of reason to be excited about 2007. The early part of the season was rocky for the club, but the team has rallied together and ended December with a 6-3-1 record over their last ten games. The season took a positive turn when the club managed a stretch of seven games without losing in regulation (5-0-2) to earn 12 points and vault them up to third place in the Western Conference standings.

Defending Colonial Cup Champion Kalamazoo finds themselves near the top of the standings once again this season. The K-Wings posted a 6-2-2 record over their final ten games of 2006. They comfortably sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, but have aspirations of making a run at the Muskegon Fury for the top spot in both the conference and the league.

A total of 160 games of the 380 games on the 2006-07 UHL schedule were played prior to the first of the year.

ROAD WARRIORS - The Muskegon Fury had their road winning streak halted at 11 games when they were defeated by the Quad City Mallards 4-2 on New Year's Eve. The 11-game road win streak was one game shy of tying the league record of 12 set by the Kalamazoo Wings during the 2004-05 season.

With the 3-2 win in Rockford on Saturday, the Fury have now won a game in every UHL arena this season. Goaltender Clayton Pool continues his road dominance as he has yet to lose away from home (13-0-0). He has earned a 1.80 goals against average in 13 road games.

LAMP LIGHTER - Port Huron Flags winger Bobby Kukulka had his seven-game goal scoring streak snapped in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss vs. Elmira. He dished out an assist to maintain an eight-game point streak. The goal streak is the longest by any UHL player this season. Kukulka has scored 18 points (9g, 9a) in just 13 games with the club this season.

COACHING MILESTONE - Rockford IceHogs head coach Steve Martinson was behind the bench for his 800th career game on Friday. Martinson led the IceHogs to a 3-0 win vs. the Chicago Hounds in the contest. He is currently in his 12th season as a head coach.

WELCOME BACK OLD FRIEND - Kalamazoo Wings forwards Glenn Detulleo and Jesse Rycroft will be in familiar surroundings when their team visits the Quad City Mallards on Friday. Each spent the entire 2005-06 season with the Mallards. Both players began the season in a Mallards uniform and it will mark the first trip back to Quad City for both since being acquired in trades to Kalamazoo. It will also be the 100th professional game played for Rycroft.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Bloomington PrairieThunder - (0-4-0) - Forward Alex Goupil scored two goals on New Year's Eve. It was his second multi-goal game of the season. He has two of the three multi-goal games by Bloomington players this season... Center Trevor Baker had an assist in his return to the lineup after missing 26 games due to injury. He has registered five points (1g, 4a) in six games played this season...The PrairieThunder have not won in nine consecutive games (0-7-2)...The team is 1-19-0 when trailing after two periods.

Chicago Hounds - (2-3-0) - Center Maris Ziedins has six points (4g, 2a) over his last five games and has a plus-6 rating over that span...The Hounds signed goaltender Corey Wogtech who appeared in nine UHL games last season...Goaltender Marty Magers has appeared in 28 of the 29 games played by the Hounds this season... Forward Kris Vernarsky has registered a plus-5 rating over his past five games...Chicago has won two straight games on home ice. Three of their next four games are at home.

Elmira Jackals - (2-1-0) - Prior to the weekend, forward Tommy Kotsopoulos had not played a game in 20 days. He scored four goals over his first three games back, doubling his season total of goals scored...Defenseman Chris Mann scored his second goal of the season in Sunday's 6-4 victory vs. Port Huron. It also proved to be the game-winner. Mann scored just one goal last season...Rookie defenseman Derek Miller dished out four assists over the last three games. He currently leads the team with a plus-8 rating.

Flint Generals - (1-4-0) - The Generals have played more games (36) than any other UHL team at this point of the season...Flint leads the league with 50 power play goals scored but also lead the league with 45 power play goals allowed...The team ranks second in the UHL with 30.11 shots per game...The Generals play their next two games at home before hitting the road for five games. The have lost their last two home games and their last two road games. They have been outscored 17-8 in their last four contests.

Fort Wayne Komets - (2-2-1) - Center J.C. Ruid is riding a four-game point streak. He scored his 20th goal of the season in the 4-2 win vs. Chicago on New Year's Eve...Rookie defenseman Arthur Kiyaga has an even or better plus/minus rating in each of his last 15 games. He ranks second on the club with a plus-5 rating this season...The Komets lost their first shootout of the season on Saturday. They had won their previous three contests that ended in a shootout. Over their last two shootouts, they have converted in just 1 of 10 rounds.

Kalamazoo Wings - (4-1-0) - Kalamazoo has won three straight...They are unbeaten in regulation over their last five home games (3-0-2)...Left wing Lucas Drake is riding a nine-game point streak...Center Kory Karlander has a point in four straight games...Right wing Justin Cross leads all UHL rookies with 17 goals...Kalamazoo has played four of their last five games on the road and will play their next three on the road. They have an 11-5-0 record away from home this season. Forward Scott Dobben has a point in nine of his last 11 games.

Muskegon Fury - (3-1-0) - Sunday's loss to Quad City was the first defeat of the Fury by a Western Conference opponent this season. Muskegon had been unbeaten in regulation vs. Quad City in their last 13 meetings (12-0-1)... Muskegon leads the UHL in total goals for (145) and goals per game (4.26). They lead the league in goals allowed per game (2.35) and rank tied for first in total goals allowed (80)...Left wing Mike Watt (15g, 17a) has averaged two points per game over his last 16 contests.

Port Huron Flags - (2-1-1) - Left wing Colt King scored a "hat trick" (3g) in Saturday's 6-4 win vs. Elmira. He scored the game-winning goal and dished out an assist. He has the game-winning goal in each of the last two victories for the Flags...Center Greg Bullock is riding a ten-game point streak. He has 18 points (5g, 13a) over that span...Center Steve Hildenbrand has multi-assist games in five of his last seven contests and has an even or better plus/minus rating in each of his last nine games. His plus-9 rating currently leads the team.

Quad City Mallards - (3-1-0) - The Mallards have a 5-2-0 record over their last seven contests...Quad City began a five-game home stretch with a 4-2 win vs. Muskegon on New Year's Eve. The team is 6-6-2 on home ice this season...Rookie winger Justin Chwedoruk has recorded 13 points (4g, 9a) and a plus-7 rating over his last seven games. He has registered an even or better plus/minus rating in each of his last 15 games...Forward Don Parsons netted two goals in a span of 31 seconds during the final two minutes of Sunday's 4-2 win vs. Muskegon.

Rockford IceHogs - (3-1-0) - Center Preston Mizzi is riding a five-game point streak...Winger Nicolas Corbeil also has a five-game point streak...Sunday's 4-3 win at Bloomington marked the first time the IceHogs won a game this season when trailing after two periods...Rockford is undefeated at Bloomington this season (4-0-0)...Despite an impressive 2.13 GAA and a .926 SPCT in December, goaltender Frederic Cloutier had a record of 5-7-0 during the month...Corbeil led the team in scoring during December with 15 points (9g, 6a).
 
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