Defenseman Brad Richard, who wasn't a sure bet to make the Alaska Aces' roster out of training camp but became a fixture in the lineup, today was voted to the ECHL's All-Rookie Team.
The All-Rookie team also includes Idaho winger William Rapuzzi of Anchorage and Bakersfield Condors goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who briefly played for the Aces early in the season before an NHL trade landed him in California.
Richard, 25, owns 6-24--30 totals in 59 games to rank tied for second among the league's first-year blueliners in scoring. His plus-minus rating of +21 is second among rookie defensemen.
Richard becomes the sixth Aces to be named to the All-Rookie team in the franchise's 11 seasons on the circuit.
The right-handed shooting Richard played four seasons at Division III Hobart College and as a senior last year was a All-American second-team East selection.
Rapuzzi, 24, leads league rookies in assists and scoring with 16-41--57 totals in 58 games, and his seven shootout goals lead the league.
Brossoit, 21, owns a league record-tying eight shutouts, and at 24-9-2 is tied for the lead league in wins. His 2.05 goals-against average ranks second and he also owns a .924 save percentage.
Also named to the All-Rookie team today were Reading Royals defenseman Michal Cajkovsky (13-22--35 in 63 games); Stockton Thunder forward Jeremy Langlois (17-39--56 in 53 games); and Kalamazoo Wings forward Matt Caria (24-30--54 in 63 games).
All-Rookie selections were determined in a vote of league coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media.
The previous Aces to make the All-Rookie were defenseman Mark Isherwood (2011); goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, who was also Goaltender of the Year and All-ECHL First Team (2009); winger Josh Soares, who was also All-ECHL First Team (2008); center Julian Talbot (2007); and center Alex Leavitt, who was also All-ECHL First Team, Rookie of the Year and the league's leading scorer (2006).
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com