- The Providence Bruins
, in their 21st season in the American Hockey League
, announced today that Niklas Svedberg
and Chris Bourque
have been selected to represent the team at the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to be held in Providence January 27 and 28. Trent Whitfield
was also selected to captain the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Svedberg, a first-year pro from Sollentuna, Sweden has appeared in 23 games for the Providence Bruins this season. In 1342:22 minutes played, the 6'1", 176-pound goaltender has recorded a 15-6-1-1 record and compiled a .920 save percentage and 2.46 goals-against-average.
Bourque, who is currently attending Boston's Training Camp, leads the P-Bruins in scoring with 20 points on eight goals and a team-high 20 assists. The Boston, Massachusetts native is in his first season with the Bruins after being acquired from Washington in exchange for Zach Hamill on May 26, 2012. The 5'8", 180-pound forward led the AHL in scoring last season with the Hershey Bears, scoring a career-high 93-points.
Whitfield has spent part of each of his 15 professional seasons in the American Hockey League, including the last four with Providence. The 35-year-old native of Alameda, Sask., has played 769 career AHL games and is a four-time 20-goal scorer, totaling 240 goals and 343 assists for 583 points with Portland (1998-2005), Peoria (2005-09) and Providence (2009- ). Originally drafted by Boston in 1996, Whitfield has also skated in 194 career NHL games with the Bruins, St. Louis, the New York Rangers and Washington.
Whitfield, who made his only previous AHL All-Star Classic appearance in 2003, will captain the Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars.
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.