Mueller, Hamill named first-team WHL all-stars

  • By Nick Patterson / Herald Writer
  • Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:00pm
  • Sports

EVERETT – The accolades continue to rain down on the Everett Silvertips.

Everett had four players honored when the Western Hockey League announced its all-star teams Thursday.

Everett centers Peter Mueller and Zach Hamill were named first-team Western Conference all-stars. Goaltender Leland Irving and defenseman Jason Fransoo were named to the second team.

On Wednesday, Everett’s Kyle Beach and Kevin Constantine were named finalists for the league’s rookie of the year and coach of the year awards, respectively.

Mueller and Irving are just the second and third first-team all-stars in franchise history, joining defenseman Shaun Heshka, who was a first-team pick last season. The 18-year-old Hamill won the league’s scoring title with 93 points, and the 18-year-old Mueller tallied 78 points in just 51 games.

For the 18-year-old Irving it was the second straight season he was named a second-teamer. He posted a 34-9-1-2 record during the regular season, finishing second in the league in goal against average (1.86) and first in save percentage (.929).

The 20-year-old Fransoo compiled 43 points and was among the league leaders in plus/minus with a plus-24 rating. He finished in a tie for the last defensive spot with Seattle’s Thomas Hickey.

The other Western Conference first-teamers were Tri-City goaltender Carey Price, Vancouver defenseman Cody Franson, Kamloops defenseman Ray Macias and Seattle center Aaron Gagnon.

The other second-teamers were Prince George defenseman Ty Wishart, Kamloops center Reid Jorgensen, Tri-City left wing Colton Yellow Horn and Kamloops center Brock Nixon.

The Eastern Conference first team consisted of Medicine Hat goaltender Matt Keetley and defenseman Kris Russell, Kootenay defenseman Mike Busto and right wing Steve DaSilva, Calgary center Ryan White and Moose Jaw center Riley Holzapfel.

The second team included Kootenay goaltender Taylor Dakers, Medicine Hat defenseman David Schlemko and left wing Darren Helm, Calgary defenseman Karl Alzner, Lethbridge center Zach Boychuk and Red Deer left wing Martin Hanzal.

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