Thunder’s Nathan Deck earns honor

Stockton%27s Nathan Deck - Photo by Jack Lima

Stockton%27s Nathan Deck – Photo by Jack Lima

STOCKTON, Calif. – Second year defenseman Nathan Deck has been named a starter for the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game presented by University of Colorado Health, hosted by the Colorado Eagles.
Deck, 22, is currently skating in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons and was loaned to Oklahoma City on a professional tryout agreement on December 3. At the time of his call-up, he led all Thunder defensemen and was tied for fourth among ECHL blueliners with 17 points in 19 games this season.
His +8 rating was tied for second on the team and he has earned seven points on the power play.
The 5-foot-11 and 185 pound blueliner received the Thunder “Unsung Hero” award last season when he notched 26 points and a +10 rating (third on the Thunder) in 60 games during his rookie season.
Deck has collected four assists in 12 games with the Barons this season.
ECHL All-Star Starters
Goaltender –  Philipp Grubauer, Reading (24 gp, 18-4-1, 2.28 GAA, .915 save pct.)
Defenseman –  Denny Urban, Reading (31 gp, 13g, 13a, 26 pts.)
Defenseman – Nathan Deck, Stockton (19 gp, 5g, 12a, 17 pts.)
Forward – Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Gwinnett (34 gp, 9g, 28a, 37 pts.)
Forward – Justin Dowling, Idaho (31 gp, 11g, 31a, 42 pts.)
Forward – C.J. Stretch, Ontario (31 gp, 18g, 16a, 34 pts.)
The starting lineup is determined in voting by ECHL coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members. The remainder of the ECHL All-Star Team will be announced tomorrow.
Idaho%27s Justin Dowling - Photo by Jack Lima

Idaho%27s Justin Dowling – Photo by Jack Lima

Ontario%27s C.J. Stretch - Photo by Jack Lima

Ontario%27s C.J. Stretch – Photo by Jack Lima

The 2013 ECHL All-Star Week, presented by CCM, begins on Tuesday, Jan. 22 with the ECHL All-Star Skills Competition, presented by OtterBox, and continues with the ECHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Both events begin at 7:05 p.m. MT at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo.
More than 50 players from the ECHL All-Star Game have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 39 since 2002 when the lineups began having players who coaches felt were prospects to move up to a higher level.

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