ECHL All-Star Game: Pregame notes

Aaron Lewadniuk’s first all-star moment has come and gone without much fanfare.

Lewadniuk, the lone Reign All-Star here at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, participated only in the shootout competition, and missed on his only attempt. Lewadniuk attempted a forehand-to-backhand move against Idaho Steelheads goalie Tyler Beskorowany and saw the puck slide off the end of his stick, wide of the net.

The skills competition was a brief, 40-minute affair. Not a bad format if your attention span is short; not a good one if you prefer the skills competition to the game itself.

Reign president Justin Kemp said that today’s ECHL Board of Governors meeting was a relatively short one, too – 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Kemp said that the most encouraging news is the league is closer to adding to its current total of 19 teams than subtracting. The Chicago Express is set to begin play next year, which will bring the league to 20 teams.

Beyond that, the ECHL is eyeing a few markets in both the East and West, but Kemp couldn’t disclose where.

More details in tomorrow’s editions of the Sun and Daily Bulletin.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.