News | 1/20/2011 1:03:44 PM | Bandits.com
The National Lacrosse League today announced that six Buffalo Bandits are eligible for fan voting to be named starters for the 2011 NLL All-Star Game, which will be held Feb. 27 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
Bandits players appearing on the ballot are forwards John Tavares and Tracey Kelusky, defensemen Scott Self and Chris White, transition player Mark Steenhuis, and goaltender Mike Thompson.
Fans can visit NLL.com once a day from now until Feb. 7 to vote for the starting lineups for the East and West All-Star Teams. On Feb. 27, the game will be broadcast live on VERSUS at 2 p.m.
The game will be the first of nine NLL games to be aired nationally on the network this season in a package that will culminate with the 2011 NLL Championship Game. The remaining seven games will be announced at a later date.
Steenhuis made his sixth consecutive All-Star appearance at the last NLL All-Star Game, in 2009. His 13-point performance (7+6) earned him an NLL-record third All-Star MVP selection.
Steenhuis earned NLL Transition Player of the Week honors for Week 2 after recording three points (1+2) and four loose balls in the Bandits’ 9-6 victory at Philadelphia on Jan. 15. Steenhuis has six points (3+3) on the season. His three goals tie Kelusky for the team lead.
Tavares has also played in the last six NLL All-Star Games, scoring the game-winning goal in 2005. Tavares is currently tied for third on the Bandits with six points (2+4).
Kelusky, a perennial All-Star and MVP of the 2005 NLL All-Star Game, owns or shares the team lead in goals (3), assists (5) and points (8). Kelusky scored the game-winning goal and was named game MVP in the Bandits’ 7-6 win on Jan. 15 at Philadelphia.
Self is a two-time All-Star and is tied for second in the NLL with six forced turnovers. He is tied for third among Bandits with 14 loose balls. Offensively, Self has two points (1+1) in two games.
White, a two-time All-Star, ranks second among Bandits with 17 loose balls. He matched a personal best with two assists in his fourth career multi-point game at Philadelphia Jan. 15.
Thompson is tied for second in the NLL with an 8.00 goals against average. He stopped 39 of 45 shots in Buffalo’s 7-6 win at Philadelphia, playing 33:44 without allowing a goal.