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Rangers Prospect Tomas Kloucek Named to AHL All-Rookie Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Tomas Kloucek has been named to the league’s All-Rookie Team for the 1999-2000 season.

Kloucek is joined on the team by goaltender Mika Noronen and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin from Rochester, forward Harold Druken from Syracuse, and forwards Rico Fata and Daniel Tkaczuk from Saint John.

The AHL’s All-Rookie Team is selected by AHL players and media in each of the league’s 19 member cities. Each All-Rookie Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.

Kloucek, 20, was the New York Rangers’ sixth-round choice in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Prague, Czech Republic, has tallied two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 73 games this season. He ranks third among AHL rookies and tied for fourth among all AHL defensemen with a +22 rating, posting an even or better rating in 57 of his 73 games played. Kloucek has been a key component in the Wolf Pack’s league-leading defense, which has allowed just 190 goals this season.

Kloucek played three years of junior hockey in Prague before coming to North America last year, when he played one season with Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is the second member of the Wolf Pack honored by the league with an All-Rookie Team selection, joining Marc Savard (1998).

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