Thursday, April 17, 2014
PORTLAND — Portland Pirates defenseman Mike Weber might not be the flashiest guy to wield a hockey stick, but he must be doing something right.
Weber was named to the PlanetUSA All-Star team along with Pirates forward Nathan Gerbe on Wednesday. They will participate in the Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic at the Cumberland County Civic Center Jan. 18-19 along with teammate Tyler Ennis, who was named to the Canadian All-Star team on Tuesday.
A skills competition will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, followed by the All-Star Game the next night.
''I was pretty shocked when I was named to the team,'' said Weber, who leads Portland with a plus-minus ratio of 16 and has 10 assists in 34 games. ''I'm not a standout. I'm a stay-at-home, shut-down defenseman.
''It was pretty surprising. I've been trying to play consistent and simple and steady. Someone's noticing.''
Gerbe currently is on injured reserve with the Buffalo Sabres, Portland's parent team. If he can't play, a substitute will be named.
Gerbe has five goals and 15 assists in 23 games this season with the Pirates. He scored his first NHL goal against Washington on Dec. 9.
The news about Weber and Gerbe wasn't the only excitement Wednesday: Left wing Philip Gogulla was named to the German Olympic team that will compete at the Vancouver Games in February. He has five goals and 11 assists in 31 games with the Pirates.
''I didn't expect it, so it's nice for me,'' said Gogulla who has played in 60 games for the German national team. ''Coming over here, I didn't know if the coach saw me a lot this year. I'm a little surprised and very excited. It's my first Olympics.''
Forward Felix Schutz also was being considered for the German team but was not included on the provisional roster.
The AHL All-Star Classic returns to Portland for the second time; the Pirates hosted the event in 2003.
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