Maine Hockey Journal

Gerbe and Weber named to PlanetUSA; Gogulla heading to the Olympics

The American Hockey League announced this afternoon that Mike Weber and Nathan Gerbe have both been selected to play for the PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars in the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic being held January 18th and 19th at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Weber, a 22 year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, is one of only two members of the Pirates to have played in all 34 games this season. The third-year defender has 10 assists this season (fifth most on the team) and his plus-16 ranking is tied for the second-best in the AHL.

Gerbe was voted as a PlanetUSA All-Star starter for the second straight season. The 22 year-old native of Oxford, Michigan, who missed the game last season due to injury, is currently on recall by the Buffalo Sabres. In 23 games this season the defending AHL Rookie-of-the-Year has collected five goals and 15 assists for 20 points. He also collected his first career NHL goal earlier this season.

Among the members of the PlanetUSA team are 18 first-time AHL All-Stars, including 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs MVP Michal Neuvirth of the Hershey Bears. The PlanetUSA club features five former first-round NHL draft picks: Lars Eller of the Peoria Rivermen, Jack Skille of the Rockford IceHogs, John Carlson of the Hershey Bears, Bobby Sanguinetti of the Hartford Wolf Pack and Ivan Vishnevskiy of the Texas Stars. Rochester’s Graham Mink will make his All-Star debut and serve as PlanetUSA captain.

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Portland Pirates forward Philip Gogulla was one of 23 players announced today as members of German’s provisional roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The men’s hockey competition will be held from February 16th-28th.

Gogulla has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 31 games in this his first season in North America. The 22 year-old Dusseldorf, Germany native, who has previously represented Germany internationally at the World Junior Hockey Championships and the World Championships, was selected 48th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Fellow Pirates forward and German native Felix Schutz was also being considered for the team but was not included on the provisional roster.

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