Kuhn, McCombe selected to play in ACHA DI All-Star Game
March 21, 2014 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University senior captains Andrew McCombe and Jackson Kuhn will take one final road trip together Flames' Hockey teammates this weekend, when they participate in the ACHA Division I All-Star Game at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena in Detroit.
The forward and defenseman tandem will leave Lynchburg after classes on Friday afternoon and plan to participate in Saturday's skills competitions at 6 p.m. before the 7:35 p.m. contest.
|Flames senior forward and captain Andrew McCombe skates up ice in a recent game at the LaHaye Ice Center.|
"It's been a great four years playing hockey at Liberty," said McCombe, who ranked third on the Flames with 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) this season. "The ACHA has gotten better every year I've been here and to get selected to an All-Star game is a tremendous honor as well. I'm really excited about it."
Kuhn ranked fourth with 42 points (16G, 26A) for Liberty (29-6-3), which rose as high as No. 3 in the ACHA DI rankings.
"This was definitely the best team I've ever been a part of," Kuhn said. "To average over a point a game as a defenseman is something I never thought was going to be possible. To get this recognition, being named to the All-star Game, it's really unbelievable. I'm looking forward to being with those elite players and to have one last chance to represent the Flames."
Each All-Star team will have two goalies, six defensemen, and three lines for a total of 34 players. Though they don't yet even know if they'll be playing on the same side, Kuhn and McCombe want to make the most of the opportunity to shine brightly in Liberty uniforms and reflect positively on any potential scouts who could be at the event.
"Andrew and I both are both looking to make the next step in our hockey careers," Kuhn said, noting they are hoping to play minor league professional hockey in Europe next year. "It would definitely be a dream come true to play over there and to see if we can get paid to play the game we love."
Participating in the All-Star Game will only bolster their hockey résumés.
"We hope we can use this as a platform to demonstrate we're two of the top players in our league and use it as an opportunity to showcase our skills," Kuhn said. "It'll be a really long day and you definitely have to stay focused. It's going to be fun, but want to perform well and put on a good show."
The All-Star Skills competitions will include "fastest shooter" and "fastest skater" events as well as a shootout contest.
"It should be fun," McCombe said. "I've practiced stuff like that, but never really participated in an official skills competition in any capacity, so I'm really looking forward to that."
At last year's event, former Flames forward Rick Turner won the shootout challenge and placed second in the fastest skater competition before scoring a goal in the Red All-Star team's 12-9 victory over the White squad.
"At All-Star games, there's still defense, but definitely not as much as there would normally be," McCombe said. "I'm really looking forward to showcasing my offensive playmaking abilities and hopefully putting a few in the net."
McCombe is putting his future in God's hands, and completing his student teaching this semester in preparation for a career in education if his professional hockey dreams don't materialize.
"(Playing minor league hockey overseas) would probably be a short-term thing, maybe one or two more years," he said. "You make plans and the Lord will change them. I want to be open to what God has for me."