Allens Dwight Mullins Earns Head Coaching Spot in CHL All-Star Game
GLENDALE, AZ (December 23, 2011) – The Central Hockey League (CHL) today announced that Allen Americans Head Coach Dwight Mullins will serve as the head coach for the 2012 CHL All-Star Team. It marks the second straight season that Mullins has earned the honor as he helped coach the CHL All-Stars to a victory in the 2011 game over the host Rapid City Rush.
The 2012 CHL All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 in Prescott Valley, Arizona at Tim’s Toyota Center. The game’s format will feature the host Arizona Sundogs taking on a team of CHL All-Stars.
Mullins earns the honor by owning the league’s highest win percentage heading into the Christmas break. The Americans are in first place in the Berry Conference with a record of 16-5-5 record and a .712 win percentage. Mullins edged out Wichita’s Kevin McClelland (.700 win percentage).
The head coaching spot was not determined until the final night before the Christmas break as Mullins, McClelland and Fort Wayne’s Al Sims all had a chance to earn the coaching position but the Americans 7-3 win over Rio Grande Valley, coupled with the Thunder’s shootout loss at Quad City finalized the selection.
In his third season as the coach of the Americans, Mullins has a career 105-38-13 record and a .715 career CHL win percentage, the highest in the history of the league.
The Americans and Mullins have earned high marks in the team’s first two years making it to the CHL Finals in its inaugural season (2009-10) and winning the Bud Poile Governors’ Cup last season after winning the CHL’s regular season title with a 47-16-3 record.
Marco Pietroniro is the head coach of the Arizona Sundogs making up the coaching opponent for Mullins at the All-Star Game. Pietroniro is in his sixth season with the Sundogs (158-159-33) helping the team to the 2008 CHL Championship.
The 19-man playing roster for the CHL All-Star team will be made up of at least one representative per team with the starting line-up and reserves announced next week. The starters will be determined by voting from CHL coaches, CHL Communication’s staff members and broadcasters along with select media members from CHL markets.