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SABOURIN NAMED TO AHL 2005-06 FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Thursday, 04.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / Pittsburgh Penguins
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SABOURIN NAMED TO AHL 2005-06 FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin has been voted to the American Hockey League’s 2005-06 First All-Star Team, it was announced Thursday.

Sabourin, 25, leads all players currently in the AHL with a 2.26 goals against average and is second with a .922 save percentage.  He is also tied for third with 27 wins and tied for fourth with three shutouts.

The 6-2, 190 pound native of Val d’Or, Quebec has set new team records for consecutive wins (nine games, from Oct. 9-Dec. 12), consecutive road wins (eight games, from Oct. 9-Dec. 2), longest unbeaten streak (nine games, from Oct. 9-Dec. 12) and wins in a season (27) this year, while anchoring the league’s best defense (167 goals against, 2.23 goals per game). 

Sabourin has appeared in 46 games for the Penguins this season, the second-highest single season total in team history (Marc-Andre Fleury, 54 in 2004-05).  His 35 career wins are third and on the club’s all-time list, his 66 career games with the Penguins are tied for fourth, as are his four career shutouts.

Originally signed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as a free agent prior to the 2004-05 season, Sabourin was selected to the Canadian squad at the 2006 Rbk Hockey All-Star Game, and was named the Koho/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January, when he went 7-2-1 in 10 games, with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

Sabourin is the second Penguins player to receive postseason All-Star recognition.  Defenseman John Slaney was named to the AHL First All-Star Team following the 2000-01 season, which he split between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Philadelphia.

               2005-06 AHL First All-Star Team

Goaltender         Dany Sabourin, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Defenseman       Andy Delmore, Syracuse Crunch
Defenseman       Curtis Murphy, Houston Aeros
Left Wing            Donald MacLean, Grand Rapids Griffins
Center                 Erik Westrum, Houston Aeros
Right Wing          Kirby Law, Houston Aeros

            2005-06 AHL Second All-Star Team

Goaltender        Wade Flaherty, Manitoba Moose
Defenseman       Bryan Helmer, Grand Rapids Griffins
Defenseman       Thomas Pock, Hartford Wolf Pack
Left Wing            Jiri Hudler, Grand Rapids Griffins
Center                 Keith Aucoin, Lowell Lock Monsters
Right Wing          Dustin Penner, Portland Pirates

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