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Rangers Prospect Mike Mottau Named to AHL PlanetUSA All-Star Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The American Hockey League announced today that Wolf Pack defenseman Mike Mottau has been named to the PlanetUSA All-Star Team and will participate in the 2001 First Union AHL All-Star Classic, to be held in Wilkes-Barre., Pa., this weekend.

Mottau, 22, is one of 12 players named by the AHL to replace All-Stars who are currently injured or on recall to the National Hockey League. Wolf Pack players Johan Witehall and Tomas Kloucek were named to the PlanetUSA squad last month, but will be unable to attend the All-Star Classic because they are currently with the New York Rangers.

A product of Boston College, Mottau is having a fine rookie campaign in Hartford. He ranks fourth on the team and leads all first-year defensemen in the AHL in scoring with 22 points on five goals and 17 assists in 32 games. Mottau has also appeared in eight games with the parent Rangers, recording one assist.

Derek Armstrong and Brad Smyth will play for the Canadian All-Star team, which will also feature Hartford head coach John Paddock and his staff, including assistant coach Mike Busniuk, athletic trainer Tim Macre, and equipment manager Jason Levy. Mottau will join goaltender Vitali Yeremeyev on the PlanetUSA team.

The First Union Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre will host the 2001 First Union AHL All-Star festivities. The AHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Sunday, January 14, and will be broadcast on five networks in the U.S. and Canada, including the New England Sports Network (NESN). The 2001 AHL All-Star Game will be played on Monday, January 15, at 4:00 p.m., and televised live to more than 80 million households, including an ESPN2 audience in the United States.
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