Stone & Smith Selected for Rookie All-Stars

by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON- The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced the Empire Division Rookie All-Star Team.  Among them from the Binghamton Black Bears are defenseman, Dan Stone & forward, Connor Smith.  Both are products of the Adrian College Bulldogs ACHA program and have become a staple in the Binghamton lineup.

Dan Stone has appeared in all 54 games so far this season for Binghamton.  The true "stay-at-home" defenseman has recorded four goals and 20 assists.  What makes his stat-line "all-star" worthy is he has only recorded 15 PIM, the lowest on the team for players who have appeared in at least 20 games.  With a +30 rating he leads all blue-liners for the Black Bears.  Stone is the second Binghamton defenseman in franchise history to receive this honor. (Fitzgerald '23)  

"This is some great reassurance for me personally.  I did not know if after I took a break from hockey, I would be able to do this again.  It's great to be honored and it's great to be around the guys that we have here in Binghamton." - Dan Stone 

Connor Smith joined the Black Bears at the end of last season as a collegiate-rookie, now he is nearing the end of his first full season.  Smith currently sits third on the team in goals with 25 and second with 36 assists.  Smith set a franchise-record with his four goal performance in Elmira on Valentine's Day.  He boasts a +32 rating on the year, second among all skaters for the Black Bears. Smith is the second Binghamton forward to receive this honor. (Ivashkin '22)

"It's great to share this award with another bulldog.  I don't see it as an award for just me, but for how well my line-mates have played all year long." -Connor Smith

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