Curtis McKenzie Named to 2013-14 AHL All-Rookie TeamApr 9, 2014
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that left wing Curtis McKenzie has been named to the 2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities.
McKenzie, 23, is the top-scoring rookie in the AHL, having notched 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points in 70 games for the league-leading Stars. The CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for December has registered 15 multiple-point games, and he tied a Texas franchise record with four assists in one contest on Jan. 17 at Charlotte. McKenzie also has 32 power-play points on the year – most among AHL rookies – helping the Stars to the top-ranked unit in the league. A native of Golden, B.C., McKenzie was drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2009 and played four seasons at Miami University.
2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team
Goaltender - Joni Ortio, Abbotsford Heat (34gp, 24-8-0, 2.37gaa, .924vs%, 2so)
Defenseman - Brenden Kichton, St. John’s IceCaps (71gp, 10+35=45pts., +5, 3 GWG)
Defenseman - Ryan Sproul, Grand Rapids Griffins (70gp, 10+21=31pts., 4 PPG, 2 GWG)
Forward - Curtis McKenzie, Texas Stars (70gp, 22+38=60pts., 9 PPG, 4 GWG)
Forward - Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins (67gp, 30+25=55pts., +18, 9 PPG, 2 GWG)
Forward - Ryan Strome, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (37gp, 13+36=49pts., +16, 21 PP pts.)
Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team. This is the second time in franchise history that a Texas Stars player has received a year-end AHL award. The first came last season when left wing Matt Fraser was selected to the 2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team.
The Texas Stars return to action on Friday, April 11th as they host the San Antonio Rampage at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. Friday’s game is $3 Beer & $4 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine Night and is the Texas Stars Ear Bud with Carrying Case giveaway. Texas Stars’ 2014 Calder Cup playoff ticket packages are on sale now! Reserve your seats for all Calder Cup playoff games at Cedar Park Center at a discounted rate. For more information on Texas Stars playoff tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit www.TexasStarsHockey.com.