Victoria, BC – Calgary Flames prospect David Shantz is off to an all-star game
The goaltender, currently on loan to the Victoria Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, announced that Shantz has been selected to represent the National Conference at the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game in Ontario, California on January 20, 2010.
Shantz, under contract to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames top affiliate, has been named as the starting goaltender for the National Conference, and makes his second All-Star Game appearance after representing the Florida Everblades in the 2007 contest.
The native of Burlington, Ontario holds a record of 8-2-3 in 14 games played, along with a league-leading 0.927 save percentage. Shantz is also second among goaltenders in goals against average (2.35) and is tied for the league-lead in shutouts with two.
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 National 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.
In mid-December Shantz became the second Flames goaltending prospect to win the ECHL player of the week, following Matt Keetley who won the honor for the week of November 9 – 15.
The 23-year-old earned his ninth career shutout and went 2-0-0 to help Victoria sweep Stockton in three games and improve to 12-13-3. Shantz allowed just three goals on 69 shots in three games for a 1.22 goals-allowed average and a .957 save percentage.
The 6-1, 207 lb. goaltender had 27 saves in a 7-2 win on Dec. 16 and then stopped all 30 shots for his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win on Dec. 18. He had nine saves in the first 26:57 of a 4-3 win on Dec. 19 before leaving with an injury.
Drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Florida Panthers in the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under contract to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League, Shantz has played 33 games in the AHL with Rochester and Abbotsford.