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No Christmas break for Kings heading to All-Star & Prospect games next weekend

Some of the best Elmira Sugar Kings will get to show off their skills on December 27, as seven players were chosen this week to play in the Junior B All-Star game and Prospects game.
Playing in the All-Star game will be Adam Brubacher, Mac Clutsam, Mitch Klie, and Mitch Wright. The Prospects game will feature Jonathan Reinhart, Ethan Skinner, and Connor Hall.
Proceeds from the game will go to the Frank Santarossa Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) players for furthering their education.
Head coach Jeff Flanagan said the players are all worthy of such recognition.
“First and foremost they’ve been excellent people, doing volunteer work in the community and then of course the all-star votes come from their abilities on the ice,” Flanagan said. “For our team to have four selected for that all-star game that shows a lot for what the Sugar Kings do.”
He explained the team believes Reinhart is one of the top goalies in the league.
“As for our team’s success he’s been a large part of that, and in games where we’ve been successful he’s had opportunities to be very good and shut teams down,” Flanagan said.
He said Reinhart has only played one or two games this season that weren’t as good as normal. And for a goalie to play their best nine out of every 10 games, is pretty good.
Skinner is quickly becoming one of the team’s top players. He has eight goals and 11 assists.
“Ethan Skinner has come in and is a dynamic forward,” Flanagan said. “His teamwork ethic and his ability to turn pucks over or take pucks away is extremely high and that transfers into him getting opportunities to score and create offense.”
Flanagan said for being just 16, Connor Hall has great maturity on the ice. He has one goal and three assists.
“He’s had to play a large number of minutes, probably a lot more than he would have if we had all of our defencemen,” Flanagan said. “That’s given him the opportunity to improve quicker and show his skill level.”
Out of all the players he’s coached, Flanagan says Brubacher is one of the hardest working players he’s seen. He said his development from last year to this year is enormous. He’s contributed six goals and 21 assists.
“His commitment to everything from being a good leader to his devotement to his off-ice diligence in either school, he’s a very high academically achieving student, as well as in the gym is as good as I’ve seen.”
This is Clutsam’s second time with the Sugar Kings. He played for them when he was 16, went to the OHL level and decided to return to play for Elmira. He’s had seven goals and 24 assists with the Kings so far this year.
“He had some other opportunities at the Major Junior level and felt he’d come back to the Sugar Kings and be a part of what goes on here,” Flanagan said. “His offense abilities are another huge part of our success. He’s excellent on the power play, his skate moves are on the level that would put him as a really good player at the CIS (collegiate) level.”
Wright’s on his third year with the Kings and Flanagan said he continues to improve. He has 15 goals and 19 assists, tied with Zac Coulter for most goals on the team.
“This summer [Wright] put a huge commitment in the gym to getting physically fit and stronger,” Flanagan said. “He started out slow from an offensive output but he continued to work at his offensive side of the game and started scoring and scored a number of goals for us, and some big goals.”
Flanagan praised captain Mitch Klie for being an excellent leader. He has the most assists on the team, 28, and nine goals.
“He’s the straw that stirs the drink from our offensive side of the game,” Flanagan said. “He’s a player with both of our top two lines in varying capacities. Whenever we are short bodies or need to put a little more maturity or defensive or offensive ability in a line, Mitch is the guy we put in to do that.”
Flanagan also noted Coulter has been great for the team and there’s never enough room on the all-star team for all the deserving players in the conference.
“Only so many players can go and other teams have excellent players as well,” Flanagan said. “Zac is in our eyes an all-star. He’s definitely been a huge part as well.”
Midwestern and Western Conference teams will faceoff December 27 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. The puck drops at 1:30 p.m. for the All-Stars, and 5 p.m. for the prospects. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under get in free with an adult.

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