Ex Sharks Cheechoo and Ozolinsh are KHL All Stars
Two former San Jose Sharks will be teammates again as defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh (Riga Dynamo) and forward Jonathan Cheechoo (Medveščak Zagreb) were selected to represent Team West at the 2014 KHL All Star Game.
Ozolinsh, who played for the Sharks from 1992-95 and 2007-08, led all KHL defensemen in voting with 11,205 votes (fifth highest amongst KHL players). For the season, Ozolinsh is averaging 22:03 minutes of ice time and has registered 17 points (4-13-17) with 42 penalty minutes in 36 games played. His 17 points are second on Riga Dynamo amongst defenseman and his 13 assists are ninth best league wide.
Cheechoo, who played for the Sharks from 2002-09 and won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for his 56 goals during the 2005-06 season, finished in the top three of forward voting for Team West with 7,166 votes. For the season, Cheechoo is averaging 16:06 minutes of ice time and has registered 25 points (16-9-25) with 26 penalty minutes in 38 games played. His 25 points are third best on Medveščak Zagreb while his 16 goals lead the team and are fifth best league wide (five behind league leader Danis Zaripov).
In addition to being San Jose Sharks alumni, Ozolinsh and Cheechoo are also Worcester Sharks alumni. Ozolinsh registered one assist in two games during the 2007-08 season while Cheechoo led Worcester in scoring for the 2010-11 season with 47 points (18-29-47) in only 55 games played.
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