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Icemen Defenseman Luke Martin Named to ECHL All-Star Team

Wednesday, December 28th
Icemen Defenseman Luke Martin Named to ECHL All-Star Team

SHREWSBURY, N.J. – The ECHL on Wednesday announced the rosters for the 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The game will air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network and will stream on FloHockey. Icemen Defenseman Luke Martin has been named the team's All-Star selection.  

The 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare will consist of a tournament featuring the ECHL All-Stars and the Norfolk Admirals, with an integrated skills competition with points counting towards each team’s score.There have been 71 players from the ECHL All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 55 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

The rosters for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars were determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters and members of the media.

Eastern Conference All-Stars

G – Cam Johnson, Florida EverbladesD – Michael Brodzinski, Orlando Solar BearsD – Olivier Galipeau, Trois-Rivières LionsD – Jarrod Gourley, Adirondack ThunderD – Luke Martin, Jacksonville IcemenD – Derek Topatigh, Atlanta GladiatorsF – Collin Adams, Worcester RailersF – Pat Guay, Savannah Ghost PiratesF – Bear Hughes, South Carolina StingraysF – Alex Ierullo, Greenville Swamp RabbitsF – Max Newton, Reading RoyalsF – Zach O’Brien, Newfoundland GrowlersF – Mathew Santos, Maine Mariners

Western Conference All-StarsG – Jake Kupsky, Idaho SteelheadsD – Josh Maniscalco, Wheeling NailersD – Matt Murphy, Iowa HeartlandersD – Gordi Myer, Toledo WalleyeD – Andrew Nielsen, Utah GrizzliesD – Chad Nychuk, Kalamazoo WingsF – Tye Felhaber, Fort Wayne KometsF – Liam Finlay, Allen AmericansF – Lincoln Griffin, Cincinnati CyclonesF – Seamus Malone, Indy FuelF – Matt Marcinew, Rapid City RushF – Eddie Matsushima, Tulsa OilersF – Jeremy McKenna, Kansas City MavericksF – Brayden Watts, Wichita Thunder

The Norfolk Admirals will announce the rosters for the Cruisers and Destroyers next week.

In partnership with the Premier Hockey Federation and Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association, two members from each organization will participate in the All-Star Classic with one player being assigned to each of the four teams.

Taking part in the All-Star festivities will be the PHF’s Ann-Sophie Bettez of the Montreal Force and Sydney Brodt of the Minnesota Whitecaps and the PWHPA’s Emily Brown and Sam Cogan. This marks the second consecutive All-Star event that PHF and PWHPA members will participate. Four players from the PWHPA also participated in the 2020 event in Wichita.

The 15th class of the ECHL Hall of Fame will be officially inducted at a luncheon, presented by BFL CANADA and Sutton Special Risk, on Monday, January 16 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Norfolk The Main, the Official Host Hotel of the 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic.

Tickets for the 2023 Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health are now available. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today! For more information on the 2023 ECHL All-Star Classic, visit. ECHL.com/allstar.

About the ECHLFormed in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 32nd season in 2019-20. There have been 731 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including four who have made their NHL debut in the 2022-23 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 28 of the 32 NHL teams in 2022-23, marking the 26th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

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