P-Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg named AHL 1st Team All-Star

Ken Bell

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P-Bruins news release…

NIKLAS SVEDBERG NAMED TO 2012-13 AHL FIRST All-STAR TEAM

Providence, RI The Providence Bruins,announced today that goaltender Niklas Svedberg has been named to the 2012-13 AHL First All-Star Team.

In his first season of pro hockey in North America, Niklas Svedberg has backstopped the Providence Bruins to an Atlantic Division championship with six games still remaining in the regular season.

He has earned the third-most victories ever by an AHL rookie goaltender (34-8-0) and he ranks sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.18) and fifth in save percentage (.924) in 45 appearances.

Svedberg, 23, was the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for March, and is the first rookie netminder named to the AHL's First All-Star Team since Jim Carey in 1994-95. 

2012-13 AHL First All-Star Team
G – Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins (45gp, 34-8-2, 2.18gaa, .924sv%, 4so) 
D – Justin Schultz, Oklahoma City Barons (34gp, 18+30=48pts., +8, 7 PPG, 3 GWG) 
D – Sami Vatanen, Norfolk Admirals (59gp, 8+36=44pts., +1, 4 PPG, 2 GWG) 
LW – Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons (68gp, 20+43=63pts., +19, 9 PPG) 
C – Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch (59gp, 32+25=58pts., +25, 11 PPG) 
RW – Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (58gp, 23+37=60pts., +10, 9 PPG) 

2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team 
G – Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons (46gp, 28-14-3, 2.25gaa, .924sv%, 9so) 
D – Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch (70gp, 8+32=40pts., +7, 23 PP pts.) 
D – Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs (69gp, 7+36=43pts., +14, 22 PP pts.) 
LW – Matt Fraser, Texas Stars (62gp, 33+13=46pts., +13, 17 PPG) 
C – Jeff Taffe, Hershey Bears (67gp, 18+46=64pts., 23 PP pts.) 
RW – Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (67gp, 27+30=57pts., +15, 8 PPG, 7 GWG

Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2012-13 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams. 

The Bruins return to The Dunk on Friday, April 12 versus the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for Kids T-Shirt Night. The first 1,000 kids 12&under will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Graphic Ink.

Providence Bruins ticket packages are on sale now for the 2012-13 season. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at 401-273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.

For all the latest Providence Bruins news, updates and special offers, become a fan of the P-Bruins on Facebook at www.facebook.com/providencebruins or follow the club on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AHLBruins.

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.

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NIKLAS SVEDBERG NAMED TO 2012-13 AHL FIRST All-STAR TEAM

Providence, RI The Providence Bruins, in their 21st season in the American Hockey League, announced today that goaltender Niklas Svedberg has been named to the 2012-13 AHL First All-Star Team.

In his first season of pro hockey in North America, 
Niklas Svedberg has backstopped the Providence Bruins to an Atlantic Division championship with six games still remaining in the regular season. He has earned the third-most victories ever by an AHL rookie goaltender (34-8-0) and he ranks sixth in the league in goals-against average (2.18) and fifth in save percentage (.924) in 45 appearances. Svedberg, 23, was the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for March, and is the first rookie netminder named to the AHL's First All-Star Team since Jim Carey in 1994-95. 

2012-13 AHL First All-Star Team

G – 
Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins (45gp, 34-8-2, 2.18gaa, .924sv%, 4so) 
D – 
Justin Schultz, Oklahoma City Barons (34gp, 18+30=48pts., +8, 7 PPG, 3 GWG) 
D – 
Sami Vatanen, Norfolk Admirals (59gp, 8+36=44pts., +1, 4 PPG, 2 GWG) 
LW – 
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons (68gp, 20+43=63pts., +19, 9 PPG) 
C – 
Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch (59gp, 32+25=58pts., +25, 11 PPG) 
RW – 
Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins (58gp, 23+37=60pts., +10, 9 PPG) 

2012-13 AHL Second All-Star Team 
G – Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons (46gp, 28-14-3, 2.25gaa, .924sv%, 9so) 
D – 
Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch (70gp, 8+32=40pts., +7, 23 PP pts.) 
D – 
Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs (69gp, 7+36=43pts., +14, 22 PP pts.) 
LW – 
Matt Fraser, Texas Stars (62gp, 33+13=46pts., +13, 17 PPG) 
C – 
Jeff Taffe, Hershey Bears (67gp, 18+46=64pts., 23 PP pts.) 
RW – 
Brett Connolly, Syracuse Crunch (67gp, 27+30=57pts., +15, 8 PPG, 7 GWG

Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2012-13 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams. 

The Bruins return to The Dunk on Friday, April 12 versus the Hershey Bears. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for Kids T-Shirt Night. The first 1,000 kids 12&under will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Graphic Ink.

Providence Bruins ticket packages are on sale now for the 2012-13 season. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at 401-273-5000 or log on to the team website at
www.providencebruins.com.

For all the latest Providence Bruins news, updates and special offers, become a fan of the P-Bruins on Facebook at www.facebook.com/providencebruins or follow the club on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AHLBruins.

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.

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