The 2017 ECHL All-Star Classic will have a distinct college feel, with NCAA alumni making up 19 of the 23 All-Star selections announced by the league Tuesday.
The game - which will air live on NHL Network Jan. 18 - pits the ECHL All-Stars against the host Adirondack Thunder in a non-traditional format featuring 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play, plus a skills competition.
Six first-year pros are among the NCAA alumni selected to the event, while 16 schools are represented. Four alums were voted into the starting lineup: Chad Costello (Northeastern), Justin Agosta (Quinnipiac/New Hampshire), Jacob MacDonald (Cornell) and Jamie Phillips (Michigan Tech).
Cornell, Ferris State, Minnesota Duluth and New Hampshire each have two representatives among the alumni in the event.
NCAA Alumni Among ECHL All-Stars
|Tony Cameranesi||Minnesota Duluth|
|Justin Buzzeo||Ferris State|
|Justin Crandall||Minnesota Duluth|
|Eric Knodel||New Hampshire|
|Travis Walsh||Michigan State|
|Jamie Phillips*||Michigan Tech|
|C.J. Motte||Ferris State|
# Adirondack representative will play for Thunder
|Aaron Harstad||Colorado College|
|Tanner Sorensen||Michigan State|