December 31, 2009

Prough Named ECHL All Star

TRENTON, NJ - The ECHL announced today that Trenton Devils forward Jeff Prough, a former Brown standout, has been selected for the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game to be played January 19 in Ontario, CA.

Prough, 23, leads Trenton with 10 goals this season, appearing in 23 of the team's 32 games. The Farmington Hills, MI native has six multi-point games, and his 18 total points are third most on the Devils. He has multiple stints with AHL-Lowell this year, collecting three points in seven games. His first AHL goal came in his first game, November 11 against Worcester.

Eighty-five of Prough's 100 career ECHL games have been in a Trenton uniform, with brief stints in Floirda and Gwinnett preceding his move to the Devils early last season. Of his 33 goals in 2008-09, Prough scored 31 as a Devil to pace the team. He added five points (2g, 3a) in seven playoff games. As a collegian at Brown University, Prough led the Bears in scoring for three of his four seasons and stands eighth all-time with 109 career points.

The 2010 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Reebok Hockey and brought to you by Toyota and the City of Ontario will be hosted by the Ontario Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena and played on January 20, 2010 while the 2010 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held on January 19, 2010.

There are 11 rookies on the American Conference and 19 of the 21 players are making their first appearance in an ECHL All-Star Game.

There have been 58 players from the All-Star Game who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 33 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

The starting lineups are determined in voting by American Conference coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members. Coaches also submitted the top prospects from within their conference to determine the final roster with each of the 12 teams having a representative.