JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets, and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters and Syracuse Crunch, announced December 31 that defenseman Jon Landry was named a starter on the American Conference All-Star Team.
Landry, who is under contract to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, leads all ECHL defensemen with three game winning goals, and is tied for the league lead with four power play goals. The rookie from Lexington, Massachusetts ranks second among blueliners with seven goals and is tied for 11th with 18 points. Landry skated in 18 games with the Elmira Jackals last season and accumulated 10 points (2G, 8A) before his season was cut short by an injury sustained in a bus crash on November 30, 2007.
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.
There are 11 rookies on the American Conference roster 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. Mark your calendars! The Chiefs are back on home ice Wednesday, December 31st at 6:00 pm when they host the Trenton Devils. The Chiefs are hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Good seats are still available, but going fast. Get yours today by calling 814-536-5156 or 1-800-SLAPSHOT.