2021 CHL All-Star Rosters

The day after the SHL’s All-Star Game, their minor league will be holding its fourth annual All-Star contest.  The game will take place at the Switching Yard, home of the Omaha Ashcats. The rosters for the game, along with each player’s current stats, are below.

WEST ALL-STARS

Coach: Jeffrey “Swampy” Marsh (Idaho)

First Line

LW: Chuck Alley, Utah (11 G, 16 A, 27 Pts, 22 Blk, 8 PIM, +1, 51.0 iCF%)

D: Gray Torian, Indianapolis (8 G, 22 A, 30 Pts, 75 Blk 18 PIM, +1, 54.2 iCF%)

C: Edz Zalmanis, Omaha (14 G, 20 A, 34 Pts, 25 Blk, 16 PIM, +3, 51.3 iCF%)

D: Stan Shakovich, Omaha (9 G, 20 A, 29 Pts, 36 Blk, 34 PIM, +7, 51.9 iCF%)

RW: Alberto Fedregotti, Indianapolis (15 G, 18 A, 33 Pts, 16 Blk, 18 PIM, +1, 54.6 iCF%)

Second Line

LW: Mark Clark, Colorado Springs (5 G, 21 A, 26 Pts, 13 Blk, 16 PIM, -10, 48.2 iCF%)

D: Fabian Czerkawski, Omaha (5 G, 15 A, 20 Pts, 63 Blk, 22 PIM, -1, 53.9 iCF%)

C: Dale Wilcox, Indianapolis (9 G 17 A, 26 Pts, 14 Blk, 18 PIM, +7, 55.3 iCF%)

D: Kaylen Pinkerton, Utah (15 G, 16 A, 31 Pts, 49 Blk, 16 PIM, +3, 51.7 iCF%)

RW: Holden Cadorette, Colorado Springs (13 G, 18 A, 31 Pts, 11 Blk, 14 PIM, -6, 47.0 iCF%)

Third Line

LW: Ethan Charland, Minnesota (13 G, 11 A, 24 Pts, 19 Blk, 4 PIM, -4, 49.0 iCF%)

D: Rusty Sienna, Colorado Springs (8 G, 16 A, 24 Pts, 62 Blk, 17 PIM, +6, 47.7 iCF%)

C: Per Olesson, Idaho (9 G, 13 A, 22 Pts, 23 Blk, 2 PIM, +9, 50.9 iCF%)

D: Pierre Chappelle, Idaho (11 G, 4 A, 15 Pts, 37 Blk, 6 PIM, +3, 49.6 iCF%)

RW: Rene Courcel, Utah (15 G, 11 A, 26 Pts, 11 Blk, 19 PIM, +14, 50,9 iCF%)

Goalies

Eric Middleton, Omaha (10-8-1, 2.66 GAA, .902 sv%)

Quentin Chislic, Idaho (11-6-0, 2.47 GAA, .917 sv%)

EAST ALL-STARS

Coach: Caleb Ponder (Virginia)

First Line

LW: Sergei Tarisov, Virginia (17 G, 12 A, 29 Pts, 17 Blk, 12 PIM, +22, 50.8 iCF%)

D: Fraser Story, Virginia (7 G, 19 A, 26 Pts, 38 Blk, 30 PIM, +19, 49.3 iCF%)

C: Vance Ketterman, Virginia (16 G, 19 A, 35 Pts, 27 Blk, 6 PIM, +22, 50.7 iCF%)

D: Mikl Hedlund, Baltimore (2 G, 17 A, 19 Pts, 61 Blk, 14 PIM, -2, 52.1 iCF%)

RW: Dino Carlucci, Virginia (15 G, 26 A, 41 Pts, 17 Blk, 42 PIM, +22, 50.7 iCF%)

Second Line

LW: Valdemar Sorensen, Cleveland (12 G, 15 A, 27 Pts, 15 Blk, 16 PIM, +5, 49.4 iCF%)

D: Shayne Margara, Cleveland (6 G, 13 A, 19 Pts, 56 Blk, 10 PIM, -2, 47.7 iCF%)

C: Yegor Nestorov, Virginia (14 G, 19 A, 33 Pts, 12 Blk, 10 PIM, +4, 48.9 iCF%)

D: Conrad van Rijn, Virginia (3 G, 16 A, 19 Pts, 45 Blk, 15 PIM, +5, 50.8 iCF%)

RW: Luc LePettier, Halifax (13 G, 7 A, 20 Pts, 18 Blk, 4 PIM, -4, 48.8 iCF%)

Third Line

LW: Maurice Coutard, Baltimore (9 G, 15 A, 24 Pts, 5 Blk, 12 PIM, +14, 53.1 iCF%)

D: Axel Borgstrom, Halifax (8 G, 6 A, 14 Pts, 52 Blk, 26 PIM, -7, 49.5 iCF%)

C: Pat Collistone, Baltimore (8 G, 23 A, 31 Pts, 14 Blk, 18 PIM, +15, 52.5 iCF%)

D: Russ Klemmer, Oshawa (3 G, 8 A, 11 Pts, 28 Blk, 11 PIM, -7, 43.7 iCF%)

RW: Elmer Sigurdson Jr., Hartford (6 G, 9 A, 15 Pts, 24 Blk, 24 PIM, -6, 51.3 iCF%)

Goalies

Hobie Sanford, Virginia (17-6-1, 2.19 GAA, .925 sv%)

Versan Dusic, Baltimore (14-8-2, 2.10 GAA, .921 sv%)

 

2021 SHL Week 3 Transactions

  • On Friday, the Hershey Bliss activated D Reese Milton from the injured list.  Milton suffered an upper-body during the first game of the season, and missed the last two and a half weeks.  The Bliss struggled in the absence of their top blueliner, going 3-5-2 without Milton.  To make room for his return, the Bliss returned D Conrad van Rijn to their CHL affiliate in Virginia.  van Rijn appeared in 5 games with Hershey, recording a pair of assists and an even rating. In a related move, Virginia released D Adam Leonard; the team had signed Leonard to a short-term contract while van Rijn was with the big club.  Leonard notched 5 assists in 7 games.
  • On Saturday, the Washington Galaxy demoted RW Mickey Simpson and D Wojtek Cenovic to their CHL affiliate in Baltimore, and promoted RW Andre Pressler and D Bennett Snow from Baltimore.  The Galaxy are off to a league-worst 2-8-2 start, and the team decided to shake up the roster.  Simpson has recorded just 3 points (all assists) and a -9 rating in 10 games, while Cenovic has only 2 assists and a -9 rating in 10 appearances.  The 24-year-old Pressler, meanwhile, recorded 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) and a +6 rating in 12 games in Baltimore, while the 22-year-old Snow also had 14 points and a +11 rating.  Neither Snow nor Pressler has played in the SHL before.

2021 SHL Week 1 Transactions

  • On Sunday, the Hershey Bliss placed D Reese Milton on the injured list and called up D Conrad van Rijn from their affiliate in Virginia.  Milton appeared to injure his wrist while blocking a shot in the third period of the season-opening New Year’s Day game against Washington.  He is expected to miss 2 to 3 weeks.  The 20-year-old van Rijn, a second-round draft pick in 2020, makes his SHL debut.  He spent last season with the CHL, where he recorded 42 points (3 goals, 39 assists). To fill the open roster slot in Virginia, the team signed D Adam Leonard to a 10-game contract.  The 27-year-old Leonard spent last season in the CHL with Colorado Springs, where he recorded 3 assists in 35 games.
  • On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy‘s CHL affiliate in Baltimore placed D Ingolf Gudmundsen on the injured list.  Gudmundsen suffered a lower-body injury during Tuesday’s game against Cleveland, and he is expected to be out of action for up to a month.  To replace Gudmundsen on the roster, Baltimore signed D Kjell Hanson to a short-term contract.  The 25-year-old Hanson was with Baltimore in the 2019 season; he split last year between Omaha and Virginia.

CHL Update: West Rolls to Rout in All-Star Game

In the first two CHL All-Star Games, the home team had come away with the win.  With this year’s contest taking place at Hartford’s Aetna Center, the East was hoping that history would repeat itself.  Unfortunately, the Western squad had other ideas.  They broke the game open with a four-goal eruption in the second period, and wound up cruising to a 7-2 win.

“I’ve coached every one of these, and each time is a different experience,” said East coach Jeffrey Marsh.  “This time, we got the experience of what it feels like to get run over by a Mack truck.”

The most critical stretch of the game was in the middle of the second period, when the West scored three times in a three-minute span.  The game was competitive through the first period, when the score stood 2-1 in the West’s favor.  The teams traded goals early in the second, with Idaho Spuds LW Terry Cresson striking first and Hartford Harpoons RW Felix Delorme answering a few minutes later.  Then came the West’s big run.

Milwaukee Hogs C Yegor Nestorov got things going by going five-hole on Oshawa Drive G Hector Orinoco a few seconds shy of the the nine-minute mark.  A minute and a half later, Delorme coughed up the puck to Cresson on a bad pass in the neutral zone.  Cresson found Utah Owls D George “Brain” Brinson, who got Orinoco to commit down low, then went high to find the twine for a three-goal lead.  Just over a minute after that, Spuds D Brady Prussian fired a shot from near the blue line that beat a screened Orinoco.  Suddenly, a 3-2 game was 6-2, and the West had control of the game from there.

“That was the game right there, absolutely,” said West coach Gilbert McCoyne.  “We felt the ice tilting in our direction, and we decided to keep the hammer down and take advantage of that.  And we did.”

McCoyne also praised his team for spreading the offensive load around.  “I loved the way that all three lines and all of our D pairings were engaged and involved on offense,” the coach said.  Each of the West’s seven goals was scored by a different player.

Hogs D Conrad van Rijn received All-Star MVP honors for recording a most unusual achievement: a Gordie Howe hat trick (that is, a goal, an assist, and a fight.)  van Rijn got the fight out of the way first, dropping the mitts with Halifax Atlantics D Axel Borgstrom early in the second period.  Less than two minutes after he got out of the box, van Rijn got the primary assist for setting up Nestorov’s goal.  Then, in the third period, van Rijn redirected a shot past the East’s backup netminder, Eugene Looney of the Cleveland Centurions, to complete the feat.

“I don’t know what kind of maniac gets into a fight in the All-Star game,” said McCoyne, “but at least Connie went on to get the Gordie.  Good for him!”

van Rijn, who was reportedly unaware of his accomplishment until the game ended, received a sailboat from Morris Yachts, a Maine-based company.  “It is a beautiful boat,” said the Milwaukee defenseman.  “I want to sail it after the season, when the weather is more warm.”

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