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Defenseman Tomas Kundratek Named to AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Squad

by Scott Stuccio / Washington Capitals

HERSHEY, Pa. – The HERSHEY BEARS, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today that defenseman Tomas Kundratek has been named to the AHL Eastern Conference All-Star squad for the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic. The announcement was made by BEARS President/GM Doug Yingst.

Kundratek, 23, was acquired by the BEARS in exchange for forward Francois Bouchard on November 8, 2011. After playing in only seven games with the Connecticut Whale in early 2011, Kundratek immediately felt at home in Chocolatetown and went on to record 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) and a plus-3 rating in 55 games. He led all HERSHEY blueliners in goals.

The native of Prerov, Czech Republic matched those exact numbers during the first half of this 2012-2013 campaign. In his 39th game of the season on Wednesday, Kundratek added an assist to reach a new professional career high in points. His 12 goals and six power-play goals both rank third among AHL defensemen and his 24 points lead all active AHL blueliners.

Kundratek will join seven other defensemen, three goaltenders and 13 forwards on the Eastern Conference All-Star squad. This will be Kundratek's first All-Star Game appearance.

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 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).

Tickets for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, more than 92 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.

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