By Jillian Fay | 6/22/12 5:00 PM
Major League Lacrosse announced Friday the addition of Charlotte Hounds Goalie Adam Ghitelman to the 2012 All-Star Game roster. This year's event is presented by Moe's Southwest Grill and will be held on June 30 at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, Fla. The game will feature a Young Guns vs. Old School format. Players who joined the league between 2001-08 will compete for the Old School team, while players who joined between 2009-12 will compete for the Young Guns.
Ghitelman will be joining teammates Billy Bitter, Ryan Flanagan and Jovan Miller in competing for the Young Guns squad. Through seven games this season (269 minutes, 22 seconds) he has a 15.15 goals against average and .534 save percentage. When he was told of the selection, Ghitelman said his emotions ranged from disbelief to excitement. "Just being a plyer in this league has been a dream of mine since I was a young player," he said, "but to be considered in the same grade as (Drew) Adams, (Jordan) Burke, (Jesse) Schwartzman, and Brett Queener is something that tops the list of personal achievements in my lacrosse career."
Ghitelman was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the eighth round (45th overall) of the 2011 Collegiate Draft. The Hounds acquired the goalie through the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft, selecting him 30th overall. This will be Ghitelman's first All-Star appearance. He said, "I am not only looking forward to competing and playing with the very best in the world, but also just being able to meet and learn from the best. I expect to see a wide variety of shots and looks while also playing with guys from other MLL teams and against our very own Stephen Berger. The free trip to Palm Beach Florida isn't too shabby either. I just can't wait to enjoy the experience."
The Young Guns team will be coached by first-year Cannons Head Coach Steve Duffy, while Ohio Machine Coach Ted Garber -- who was a coach in the MLL Summer Showcase and in the league's inaugural year -- will head the Old School team. Berger is the lone Hounds player competing for the Old School team. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 HD at 7:30pm ET. Tickets to the event can be purchased through Ticketmaster.