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Clarkson added to NHL YoungStars roster

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

David Clarkson becomes the fourth current Devil to have been named as a YoungStar, joining Karel Rachunek ('02), Paul Martin ('04) and Zach Parise ('07). –
David Clarkson has been added to the roster of NHL YoungStars invited to the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League announced today.

Clarkson replaces Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy on the Eastern Conference YoungStar team.

Devils' history in the
YoungStars Game

Player G A Pts. Year
K. Rachunek (w/ Ottawa) 0 1 1 2002
P. Martin 0 1 1 2004
Z. Parise (MVP) 2 4 6 2007
Clarkson, 23, signed with the Devils as a free agent in August 2005 after four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. The Toronto native spent the 2005-06 season and most of 2006-07 with the Devils' affiliates in the American Hockey League.

He appeared in seven regular-season and three Stanley Cup playoff games with New Jersey last season and has played in 47 of the Devils' 48 games in 2007-08, posting 13 points (5g-8a).

Comprising the best of the League's stellar rookie class in 2007-08, the eight-player Eastern and Western Conference YoungStar teams will face off in a new three-on-three event as part of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (7 p.m., ET, Versus). The YoungStars will be shooting against goaltenders named to participate in the NHL All-Star Game the following day.

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on Versus.

NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and
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