Gunderson Named To All-ECHL First Team

2008-09 All-ECHL First Team Announced

PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced its All-ECHL First Team for 2008-09 as determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.

2008-09 All-ECHL First Team

F – Kevin Baker, Florida Everblades (68 gp, 57g, 43a, 100 pts, +6)
F – Bryan Ewing, Wheeling Nailers (65 gp, 43g, 47a, 90 pts, +1)
F – Travis Morin, South Carolina Stingrays (70 gp, 24g, 62a, 88 pts, +35)
D – Ryan Gunderson, Trenton Devils (70 gp, 5g, 51a, 56 pts, -14)
D – Dylan Yeo, Victoria Salmon Kings (52 gp, 10g, 33a, 43 pts, +15)
G – Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Alaska Aces (50 gp, 32-16-2, 2.33 GAA, .922 Save Pct.)

The ECHL will announce the Sportsmanship Award winner on Friday.

Kevin Baker of the Florida Everblades leads the ECHL with 57 goals, 100 points, 27 power-play goals, 48 power-play points and 10 game-winning goals. He is the first ECHL player since 2000-01 to score 50 goals and his 57 goals rank 11th in league history. Baker, who is under contract to Rochester of the American Hockey League, has tied the league record for power-play goals and is the 63rd player in ECHL history to score 100 points. In the last three seasons he has 122 goals and 237 points in 174 regular season games and was chosen to be a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game in 2007 and the 2009. He was selected to the All-ECHL First Team in 2006-07 when he tied for fifth with 81 points (36g-45a).

Bryan Ewing of the Wheeling Nailers leads ECHL rookies with 43 goals, six shorthand goals, 90 points, 19 power-play assists and 32 power-play points while his 47 assists and six shorthand points tie him for the rookie lead and his 13 power-play goals tie him for second among rookies. His six shorthand goals are tied for the overall league lead while his 90 points are second overall and his 43 goals rank third. Ewing, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday, is tied for third with six shorthand points while his 47 assists are tied for fourth and his 13 power-play goals tie him for fifth. The 43 goals break the Wheeling rookie record of 42 goals by Steve Gibson in 1995-96 and Ewing is the first Nailers player to score 90 points since Eric Royal had 92 points in 1996-97. Ewing is under contract to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League and he has four penalty minutes in three games for the Penguins.

Travis Morin of the South Carolina Stingrays leads the league with a team record 62 assists while ranking third with 86 points. He is the ECHL leader with five shorthand assists and eight shorthand points while ranking third with 29 power-play assists and fourth with 35 power-play points. Morin, who is under contract to the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, led league rookies and tied for the league lead in 2007-08 with six shorthand goals while ranking second among rookies and third overall with 84 points. He was third among rookies and tied for sixth overall with 50 assists.

Ryan Gunderson of the Trenton Devils lead the league with 40 power-play assists while his 43 power-play points are first among ECHL defensemen and second overall. He is second among defensemen with a team record 50 assists and 56 points after finishing second as a rookie with 42 assists and tying for third with 46 points. Gunderson, who is under contract to Lowell of the AHL, was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and has been selected to play in the ECHL All-Star Game his first two seasons.

Dylan Yeo of the Victoria Salmon Kings is tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen with 20 power-play assists and 25 power-play points while ranking fifth with 33 assists and sixth with 43 points. He is under contract to Manitoba of the AHL and has five points (1g-4a) in 14 games for the Moose. He was voted to be a starter in the ECHL All-Star Game.

Jean-Philippe Lamoureux of the Alaska Aces is 32-16-2 with a league record seven shutouts and a league-leading 32 wins. The 24 year old is tied for the league lead with a save percentage of .922 while ranking second with a goals-against average of 2.33 and 3,011 minutes and fifth with 1,377 saves. He was voted as the starting goaltender for the National Conference for the ECHL All-Star Game, stopping nine of 10 shots in the first period, and was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday.

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One Response to “Gunderson Named To All-ECHL First Team”

  1. Tdevilsfan Says:

    Cohen > Gunderson, not even close. Maybe it’s me but I don’t get the Gundy love affair. Last year was one thing as we didn’t have many highlights, but this year…come on.

    Glad Coleman got recognition too. There was a blurb in the paper the other day about a State House resolution honoring Coleman & the T Devs in relation to the NHL Diversity Program.

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