For Immediate Release: January 3, 2017



Rearguard to Suit up for ECHL Team in Midseason Exhibition


Cincinnati, OH-  The ECHL has announced the participants for the upcoming 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, presented by I LOVE NY, and amongst the players named to the team is Cyclones defenseman Eric Knodel. The midseason exhibition will take place on Wednesday, January 18, in Glens Falls, NY, and will feature the host Adirondack Thunder against the ECHL All-Stars.

“I’m definitely honored that I was voted on and will have a chance to represent the Cyclones in this year’s All-Star game,” remarked Knodel. “It’s definitely something that as an individual you work for, and while I wasn’t looking for any recognition, it’s still an honor and privilege to have this opportunity.”

A native of West Chester, PA, Knodel is fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and 11 assists through 30 games this season. He is also tied for the team lead with a plus-8 on-ice rating.

The 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic, presented by I LOVE NY, will feature the host Adirondack Thunder taking on the ECHL All-Stars in a non-traditional format featuring 5-on-5, 4-on-4, and 3-on-3 play, as well as a Skills Competition (Puck Relay, Hardest Shot, Fastest Skater) to highlight the talents of both teams. The game will also air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network.

The starting lineup is determined in a vote of coaches, team captains, media relations directors, broadcasters and members of the media. Coaches also submit the players who they feel are the top prospects from their team and other teams in their conference which helps determine the final roster. Each of the ECHL teams has either a starter, reserve or alternate named for the ECHL All-Star Classic. 

ECHL All-Star Starters
G – Jamie Phillips, Tulsa Oilers (24 GP, 16-7-1, 2.48 GAA, .918 save pct.)
D – Justin Agosta, Manchester Monarchs (25 GP, 6g, 15a, 21 pts.)
D – Jacob MacDonald, Toledo Walleye (28 GP, 6g, 18a, 24 pts.)
F – Chad Costello, Allen Americans (33 GP, 17g, 32a, 49 pts.)
F – Peter Sivak, Alaska Aces (27 GP, 22g, 19a, 41 pts.)
F – Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne Komets (27 GP, 18g, 24a, 42 pts.)

ECHL All-Star Reserves

G – C.J. Motte, Quad City

DEric Knodel, Cincinnati; Sprio Goulakos, Greenville; Travis Walsh, Idaho; Kevin Tansey, Missouri; Michael Young, Rapid City; Kevin Schulze, Wheeling

F – Justin Buzzeo, Atlanta; Matt Garbowsky, Colorado; John McCarron, Florida; Alex Wideman, Indy; Tony Cameranesi, Orlando, Justin Crandall, Reading; Steven McParland, South Carolina; Erik Bradford, Utah; Alexis Loiseau, Wichita


The 2016-17 season is underway, and the Cincinnati Cyclones want you along for the ride as they march towards another Kelly Cup Championship! 2016-17 single game tickets and packages along with group and Season Ticket Packages are available NOW! Call (513) 421-PUCK to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website,!

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