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Brad Thiessen Named to AHL First All-Star Team

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The American Hockey League announced today the 2010-11 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen has been named to the AHL First All-Star Team.


G Brad Thiessen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 42gp 32-7-1 1.88gaa .924sv% 7so
D Marc-Andre Gragnani, Portland Pirates 63gp   12+48=60pts   +22   25 PP pts  
D Maxim Noreau, Houston Aeros 75gp 10+43=53pts 32 PP pts
LW Alexandre Giroux, Oklahoma City Barons 66gp 30+41=71pts 14 PPG 7 GWG
C Corey Locke, Binghamton Senators 66gp 21+64=85pts +15 4 GWG
RW Mark Mancari, Portland Pirates 56gp 32+32=64pts +19 4 GWG


G Curtis Sanford, Hamilton Bulldogs 40gp 22-13-2 1.93gaa .930sv% 5so
D Andre Benoit, Binghamton Senators 70gp   10+43=53pts   24 PP pts.    
D Maxim Noreau, Houston Aeros 71gp 13+33=46pts +19 6 PPG
LW Nigel Dawes, Hamilton Bulldogs 60gp 38+24=62pts +11 9 PPG
C Keith Aucoin, Hershey Bears 49gp 17+50=67pts +12 6 GWG
RW Darren Haydar, Chicago Wolves 71gp 25+43=68pts +9 4 GWG

Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2010-11 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams.

Thiessen, 25, began his season with eight consecutive victories and has never looked back en route to amassing an AHL-high 32 wins (32-7-1) and a top-ranked 1.88 goals-against average through 42 appearances for the league-leading Penguins.  A native of Aldergrove, B.C., Thiessen is tied for the AHL lead with seven shutouts, ranks seventh in save percentage (.924), and has not lost back-to-back appearances all season long.  He could become the first AHL goaltender to record more than 30 wins and fewer than 10 losses since Hartford's Jason LaBarbera in 2003-04 (34-9-9).

Thiessen is the fourth Wilkes-Barre/Scranton player and second goaltender to be named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team, joining defenseman John Slaney (2000-01), goaltender Dany Sabourin (2005-06), and defenseman Micki DuPont (2006-07).  Defensman Ben Lovejoy and forward Janne Pesonen were named to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2008-09.
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