Washington’s All-Star Defenseman
We won’t find out until later today whether Alex Ovechkin is named a starter for the NHL All-Star game later this month, but word came out earlier today that one of Ovechkin’s Capitals teammates was named as an All-Star starter. Nope, not Olie Kolzig. It’s defenseman Lawrence Nycholat.
Despite spending the last two weeks in the NHL, Nycholat still leads all AHL defensemen in scoring (28 points in 29 games) and is a plus-14. On Tuesday he was named one of the starting defensemen for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team. This is the third consecutive AHL All-Star squad to which Nycholat has been named.
Two of Nycholat’s Hershey teammates also received All-Star honors. Forward Alexandre Giroux was also named as a starter for the Canadian AHL All-Star Team. Coming off back-to-back 30-goal seasons in the league, Giroux has already netted 27 goals in 41 games for the Bears this season. Hershey’s Tomas Fleischmann was named to the Planet USA All-Star Team. Fleischmann has 13 goals and 35 points in 27 games with the Bears this season.
Two familiar Hershey faces will be behind the benches of both the Canadian and PlanetUSA All-Star teams. Bears bench boss Bruce Boudreau has the honor of coaching the Canadian All-Star Team, and he will be joined by his able assistant coach Bob Woods. Hershey’s athletic trainer Dan “Beaker” Stuck will serve in the same capacity for the PlanetUSA Team, and he will be joined behind the bench by Bears’ equipment manager Justin Kullman.
Congratulations to all seven Bears all-star representatives. It’s a banner day for the Bears. Tonight is Hershey Bears night at Verizon Center, and the Caps have taken the occasion to announce an extension of their affiliation with the Bears through the end of the 2007-08 season.