PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL has announced the four coaches for the upcoming 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic, to be played in Wichita, Kansas on January 22, 2020. The game will be televised nationally on the NHL Network.
You can find the player rosters for the game, here: https://fieldpasshockey.com/players-for-2020-echl-all-star-classic-announced/
The head coaches for the event are Steve Bergin, Steve Martinson, Bruce Ramsay, Edmonton Oilers great Kevin Lowe, and former NHL’er Tom Roulston.
South Carolina’s Steve Bergin is the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars as a result of the Stingrays owning the top winning percentage in the conference through games of Dec. 22, 2019. The Stingrays boast the ECHL’s best winning percentage with a mark of 24-4-4 for 52 points.
Bergin was named the ninth head coach in Stingrays’ history on April 26, 2019, after serving as the team’s assistant coach for the previous three seasons. Before starting his coaching career, Bergin spent five seasons as a defenseman with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League from 2011-16, capturing SPHL titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Prior to turning pro, Bergin played four seasons at the University of Connecticut and was a product of Lawrence Academy as well as the Boston Jr. Bruins.
Allen’s Steve Martinson will serve as head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars by virtue of the Americans having the top winning percentage in the conference through games of Dec. 22, 2019. Allen leads the Mountain Division with a 24-7-6 record for 54 points.
Martinson is coaching in his second ECHL All-Star Classic, after previously earning the honor in 2015. Martinson is in his 11th season as an ECHL coach, and has an all-time record of 422-247-88. He ranks sixth all-time in league history with 757 regular-season games coached while ranking fifth in wins. In the postseason, he led Allen to Kelly Cup titles in 2015 and 2016 and ranks fourth in ECHL postseason history with 49 playoff wins.
Ramsay and assistant coach John Gurskis will coach the team captained by Stefan Fournier, while Roulston will coach a team captained by Riley Weselowski.
Ramsay is in his first season with the Thunder after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Before that, he was the bench boss of the Tulsa Oilers from 2009-15, where he compiled a 185-180-35 record and led the Oilers to the playoffs in each of his last two seasons in Tulsa – which coincided with Oilers’ final season in the Central Hockey League and their first season in the ECHL.
Gurskis, who is in his first season with Wichita, was a teammate of Ramsay, during the 2000-01 season. He served as a Player/Assistant Coach during four separate seasons with Macon, St. Pete-Winston Salem and the Florida Seals. He has been involved with the South Shore Kings in several different roles since 2008-09. Prior to retiring, Gurskis turned pro in 1998 with the ECHL’s Columbus Chill and had a successful career at the minor league level. He had his best season in 2001-02 with Wichita, recording 64 points (28g, 36a) in 69 games.
Lowe, who will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the ECHL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, has held many positions within the Oilers organization, from player to front office. He was the team’s first-ever draft pick when he was selected 21st overall in the 1979 NHL Amateur Draft. During his 19 seasons in the NHL, including 15 with the Oilers, Lowe played in 1,254 regular-season games and 214 playoff games. He won six Stanley Cup championships, five of which came with Edmonton and one with the New York Rangers.
Roulston is a former teammate of Lowe’s. Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round (45th overall) in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft, he played for the Wichita Wind in 1980-81 compiling 107 points (63G, 44A) in 69 games while adding two points (1G, 1A) in 11 NHL games with Edmonton that season. Roulston finished with 195 games in the NHL, tallying 96 points (47G, 49A) for the Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In 1994-95, he came out of retirement and helped the Thunder to the Central Hockey League title, registering 30 points (11G, 19A) in 23 games.
The Sin Bin will have full coverage of all the events from the 25th ECHL All-Star Classic in Wichita, Kansas beginning Monday, January 20th. Stay tuned for an announcement on our coverage plan and more, later in the week.
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