CHL All-Rookie Team Announced

CHL Announces 2010-11 All-Rookie Team

TEMPE, AZ (March 18, 2011) – The Central Hockey League (CHL) announced today the six member All-Rookie Team for the 2010-11 season, selected through balloting of all 18 CHL head coaches.  Receiving recognition on the team are forwards Adam Chorneyko of Colorado, Aaron Lewicki of Rio Grande Valley and Gary Steffes of Tulsa.  They are joined by defensemen Alan Mazur of Bloomington and David Strathman of Allen and goaltender Wayne Savage of Texas. 

2010-2011 All-Rookie Team
F: Adam Chorneyko, Colorado Eagles
F: Aaron Lewicki, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
F: Gary Steffes, Tulsa Oilers
D: Alan Mazur, Bloomington PrairieThunder
D: David Strathman, Allen Americans
G: Wayne Savage, Texas Brahmas

Adam Chorneyko, Forward (Colorado Eagles):
Adam Chorneyko is tied for sixth among all rookies in scoring with 30 points (13-17=30).  He has played the fewest games among all rookies (37 GP) on the team as he did not sign with the Eagles until early December.  After scoring just four points (1-3=4) in his first 13 games with the Eagles, the St. Albert, Alberta native caught fire recording seven goals and four assists in his next eight games.  Since that time, Chorneyko has been a consistent threat playing solid two-way hockey and having a plus or even rating in a majority of the games he plays.

Aaron Lewicki, Forward (Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees):

Aaron Lewicki has been a constant offensive threat for the Killer Bees since he had seven points (3-4=7) and was a +6 in the team’s first seven games of the season.  The Livona, Michigan native led all players in the voting process appearing on 16 of the 18 submitted ballots and was selected as a member of the 2011 CHL All-Star Team.  Lewicki currently leads all rookies in scoring with 50 points and 22 goals.  The former Ferris State player has recorded five multiple-goal games and is tied for third in scoring for the Killer Bees.  His four game winning goals are tied for the most among first year players and his strong play earned him a call-up to the Houston Aeros (AHL) earlier in the season.

Gary Steffes, Forward (Tulsa Oilers):
Gary Steffes has played a big part in the resurgence of the Tulsa Oilers and them making the playoffs for the first time in a handful of years.  The Grand Blanc, Michigan native is third among all first year players in scoring with 37 points (15-22=37) and among the rookie leaders with four power play goals and 15 goals overall.  After a four year career at the University of Miami (Ohio), Steffes jumped right into his pro career scoring two goals in his second professional game.

Alan Mazur, Defenseman (Bloomington PrairieThunder):
Alan Mazur has stepped up and become one of the top defensive players on one of the top defensive teams in the league.  The first year defenseman is third among all rookie d-men in scoring with 29 points (6-23=29) and his +10 plus/minus rating is fifth among all freshmen players.  After a high-scoring college career at R.I.T., the Burnaby, British Columbia native hasn’t slowed down a bit ranking as the top scoring defensemen on the PrairieThunder.
David Strathman, Defenseman (Allen Americans):
David Strathman became one of the top threats on the best team in the CHL quickly during his rookie season after he recorded a six-game point streak in mid-November.  The former Northeaster University star leads all rookie defensemen in scoring with 40 points (13-27=40) and ranks second overall among all rookie players.  The Tempe, Arizona native played for the CHL All-Star Team in January and shortly after went on a tear scoring 11 points (3-8=11) over an eight game stretch, he was also a +7 during that span.

Wayne Savage, Goaltender (Texas Brahmas):
Wayne Savage was recruited by the Brahmas after playing at the University of Prince Edward Island last season and during his first professional weekend stopped 83 of 88 shots (.943 save percentage) showing his talent.  The St. Thomas, Ontario native is 20-14-3 on the season with a 2.84 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.  The first year net minder had a torrid month of February going 9-3-0 allowing just 27 goals over that stretch. 
The All-CHL Team will be announced on Monday, March 21 and the CHL Most Valuable Player recipient will be announced on Monday, March 28.

2011 CHL Awards that have already been announced are:

CHL Athletic Trainer of the Year – George Bullock, Jr, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
CHL Gunner Garrett Equipment Manager of the Year – Romeo Vivit, Rapid City Rush

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