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Gladiators' new goalie Fallon named ECHL All-Star

Rookie goaltender Joe Fallon, who recently was assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators by the Chicago Blackhawks, was named an ECHL All-Star on Tuesday.

But he was selected to compete for his former team, the now defunct Fresno Falcons.

Fresno folded a week ago and Fallon was among five players that came to the Gladiators via a new affiliation with the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. They had all been playing for Fresno when the team ceased operations.

But the Falcons will be represented at the 2009 All-Star Game in Reading, Pa., on Jan. 21 because voting was complete and the roster was determined before Fresno's demise.

Fallon, who is under contract to Chicago of the NHL and was assigned to Gwinnett last weekend, is 8-4-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.57 and a save percentage of .911. He has not appeared in a game for the Gladiators, who are off until Friday.

Fallon, as a member of the National Conference, will play against at least one of his current teammates. American Conference rosters are being announced today.

The starting lineup for the National Conference has three Alaska Aces (goalie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, defenseman Matt Shasby and forward Colin Hemingway), two Victoria Salmonkings (forward Wes Goldie and defenseman Dylan Yeo) and forward Steve Gainey from Idaho.