The United States Hockey League today announced the midseason USHL All-Star Teams for the Eastern and Western Conference presented by CCM. The selections were determined by the voting of USHL coaches and general managers.
A total of 24 players were selected among the USHL All-Star First and Second Teams with each team consisting of three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender. The Omaha Lancers and Waterloo Black Hawks lead the League with four players each among the All-Stars while the Indiana Ice and Sioux City Musketeers each have three players represented. Eleven of the 16 USHL Member Clubs have at least one player selected to the teams.
All-Star First Team selections in the Eastern Conference are forwards Kyle Connor (Youngstown Phantoms), Scott Conway (Indiana Ice), and Matt Iacopelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks), defensemen Austin Kosack (Indiana Ice) and Alexx Privitera (Dubuque Fighting Saints), and goaltender Danny Tirone (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders).
First Team selections in the Western Conference include forwards Peter Krieger (Waterloo Black Hawks), Jake Randolph (Omaha Lancers), and Tyler Vesel (Omaha Lancers), defensemen Brandon Montour (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Tucker Poolman (Omaha Lancers), and goaltender Cal Petersen (Waterloo Black Hawks).
Second Team honorees in the Eastern Conference are forwards Karson Kuhlman (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Andrew Poturalski (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Nick Schmaltz (Green Bay Gamblers), defensemen Joshua Jacobs (Indiana Ice) and Alec Vanko (Chicago Steel), and goaltender Jared Rutledge (Green Bay Gamblers).
Members of the Second Team in the Western Conference are forwards C.J. Franklin (Sioux Falls Stampede), Gage Hough (Omaha Lancers), and Jared Thomas (Sioux City Musketeers), defensemen Mark Friedman (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Tyler Mueller (Sioux City Musketeers), and goaltender Kyle Hayton (Sioux City Musketeers).
The USHL All-Star Game and USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were not part of the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The All-Star Game was last played in 2010 while the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game has been played in each of the previous two seasons and looks to make a return in 2015.
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