SABOURIN AND OUELLET NAMED TO CANADIAN AHL ALL-STAR TEAM
Wilkes-Barre, PA – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin and right wing Michel Ouellet have been named to the Canadian AHL All-Star Team at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, to be held February 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Sabourin, 25, ranks in the top three in all major goaltending categories in the AHL this season. He is tied for first with a .939 save percentage, second with a 1.78 goals against average, tied for second with three shutouts and tied for third with 15 wins.
The native of Val d’Or, Quebec has already set Penguins records for consecutive wins (9), consecutive road wins (8) and longest unbeaten streak (9 games) this season, and has climbed to fourth place on the team’s list in career wins (23) and shutouts (4). His 15 victories this season are also the fourth highest single-season total in team history.
A seventh-year pro, Sabourin has appeared in 103 career AHL games with the Penguins and Saint John Flames, recording 47 wins and nine shutouts. He is 13-9-3 with four shutouts and a 1.99 goals against average in 37 games with the Penguins.
Sabourin was originally signed as a free agent prior to the 2004-05 season.
A 2004 Canadian AHL All-Star, Ouellet is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has 16 points (10+6) and eight power play goals in 15 NHL games. The 23-year old from Rimouski, Quebec began the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording a team-high 30 points (10+20) in 19 games.
The first player in team history to record back-to-back 30 goal seasons, Ouellet has 71 goals and 144 points in 182 career games with the AHL Penguins. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.
Sabourin and Ouellet join PlanetUSA All-Stars Noah Welch and Tomas Surovy, as well as coaches Joe Mullen and Al Sims as Penguins representatives at the event.
The 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic will take place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, home of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, and will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. The event gets underway on Tuesday, January 31, with the 2006 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7:00 p.m. (CT). The annual All-Star Game follows at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, February 1, and will be televised live in North America.