David Walker and Greg Hogeboom will start, and childhood friends Jon Rheault and Peter Lenes will come off the bench, for the National Conference all-star team at the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 20.
Walker leads ECHL defensemen with 19 assists and 11 power-play assists is tied for second with 21 points and 11 power-play points in 30 games.
It is the second All-Star selection for Hogeboom, who had an assist for the American Conference in its 6-3 win in the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho. Hogeboom leads Ontario with 17 goals and 28 points (tied for 20th in the league) in 31 games.
Lenes is tied for the ECHL rookie lead with two short-handed goals and is tied for second with two shorthand points while he is second on the team with 11 goals and fifth with 18 points in 31 games.
Rheault, who is currently on loan to Manchester of the American Hockey League, is third on the team with 10 goals and sixth with 16 points in 15 games.
The rest of the National Conference roster (in alphabetical order):
Forwards: Evan Barlow, Idaho; Judd Blackwater, Stockton; Ryan Kinasewich, Utah; John Lammers, Alaska; Nick Mazzolini, Alaska; A.J. Perry, Utah; Dan Sexton, Bakersfield; MacGregor Sharp, Bakersfield; John Swanson, Idaho.
Defensemen: Vic Bartley, Utah; Robbie Bina, Las Vegas; Taylor Ellington, Victoria; Brendan Milnamow, Idaho; Eric Regan, Bakersfield.
Goalies: Richard Bachman, Idaho; Timo Pielmeier, Bakersfield; David Shantz, Victoria
More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.
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