The National Lacrosse League has announced the starting lineups for the league’s 2011 All-Star Game, presented by the Oneida Indian Nation. Washington Stealth defenseman Mike Grimes will make his first All-Star Game appearance as a starter for the West Division squad.
Grimes, an assistant captain for the Stealth this season, is enjoying one the best seasons of his five-year career. In six games, he’s tallied four goals and three assists for seven points, along with 40 loose balls. He’s on pace to eclipse career-highs in goals, points and loose balls this season.
Along with Grimes, The West All-Star starting lineup consists of forwards Ryan Benesch (Minnesota Swarm) and Scott Ranger (Calgary Roughnecks), transition player Brodie Merrill (Edmonton Rush), defenseman Andrew McBride (Calgary Roughnecks) and goaltender Nick Patterson (Minnesota Swarm).
The East All-Star starting lineup consists of forwards Casey Powell (Boston Blazers) and Colin Doyle (Toronto Rock), transition player Mark Steenhuis (Buffalo Bandits), defensemen Chris White (Buffalo Bandits) and Pat McCready (Rochester Knighthawks) and goaltender Brandon Miller (Philadelphia Wings).
The starting lineups were selected by the votes of the league’s coaches, media and fans, who voted via online ballot at the league’s website, NLL.com.
The 2011 All-Star game takes place at the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Sunday, February 27 at 2 PM Eastern. The game will feature the All-Stars of the Eastern Division vs. the All-Stars of the Western Division. The game will be televised live on VERSUS. Details on the Canadian telecast of the game will be made at a later date.
For more information on the All-Star Game, visit NLL.com.