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Bears sign Kalinski to contract

The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has signed forward Jonathon Kalinski to an American Hockey League contract for the 2012-13 season.

Kalinski, 25, comes to Chocolatetown after splitting last season between the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals. In 40 games with Adirondack, Kalinski recorded 12 points (nine goals, three assists) and 18 penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 18, 2012, and following his subsequent reassignment to Norfolk, Kalinski appeared in five games before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Bonnyville, Alta., spent nearly his entire professional career within the Flyers’ organization. He has appeared in 22 NHL contests with Philadelphia, totaling five points (one goal, four assists). With the AHL Phantoms, Kalinski posted a total of 83 points (35 goals, 48 assists).

Prior to turning pro, Kalinski played three years of collegiate hockey at Minnesota State University, where he tallied 29 goals and 27 assists in 106 career games. Kalinski was originally selected by Philadelphia in the sixth round in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.