ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 DUNKIN' DONUTS ALL-STAR CLASSIC
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star rosters for the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to take place Jan. 27-28 in Providence, R.I.
Each team comprises 24 players: 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
The 2013 squads feature 33 first-time AHL All-Stars, 12 rookies and 12 former first- and second-round draft choices, including standouts Jason Zucker of the Houston Aeros, Tyler Toffoli of the Manchester Monarchs, Beau Bennett of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Tim Erixon of the Springfield Falcons, David Rundblad of the Portland Pirates and Nino Niederreiter of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Luke Richardson of the Binghamton Senators and Jon Cooper of the Syracuse Crunch will coach the Eastern Conference All-Star team; Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies and Jeff Daniels of the Charlotte Checkers will guide the Western Conference club.
Beginning Friday and until Jan. 24, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the starting lineups for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game by visiting facebook.com/theahl and completing the official CCM AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. Voters will also be entered to win prizes of a team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star stick (two) and team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star commemorative programs (10).The Providence Bruins, established in 1992, are the top affiliate of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. The Providence Bruins have enjoyed much success over their history. The team won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship in 1999 and boasts 10 former players on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. In addition to accomplishments on the ice, the Providence Bruins were fourth-best in attendance in the AHL in 2011-12 and are the best-attended minor-league hockey team in New England. The Providence Bruins are also the host of the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, which returns to Providence for the first time since 1995. This premier event, hosted at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, is produced in conjunction with Providence Sports + Entertainment, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority and the Providence Tourism Council. For more information please visit www.ProvidenceBruins.com.
2013 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team
2013 AHL Western Conference All-Star Team
Victor Bartley, Milwaukee Admirals