The Reign’s poor start to the season failed to land them any all-star starters when the final voting was revealed today. One former Reign was chosen to make the trip to Bakersfield on Jan. 26, however: Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman P.J. Atherton.
Atherton had eight goals and 21 points in 33 regular-season games in the Reign’s inaugural season, and also had a strong seven-game playoff series (one goal, five assists) against the Stockton Thunder in 2009. Atherton currently leads all ECHL defensemen with 15 assists, ranks second with 21 points and is tied for third with six goals in 29 games. Atherton’s plus-9 rating leads the Salmon Kings.
The rest of the starters:
G – Michael Ouzas, Las Vegas (16 gp, 11-3-1, 1 shutout, 2.24 GAA, .921 save pct.)
D – Julien Brouillette, Greenville (25 gp, 11g, 12a, 23 pts)
F – Brendan Connolly, Greenville (27 gp, 13g, 15a, 28 pts)
F – Mark Derlago, Idaho (30 gp, 15g, 16a, 31 pts)
F – Mitch Fadden, Florida (32 gp, 15g, 32a, 47 pts)
The starting lineup is determined in voting by ECHL coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members. The reserves will be announced Thursday. Here’s what the ECHL had to say about each player in its press release: