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Play Calder Cup Challenge and win

The American Hockey League has launched the 2010 Calder Cup Challenge, an on-line contest offering AHL fans the opportunity to test their postseason knowledge and win exciting prizes.

Registration is underway now at theahl.com. Participants will select a total of 10 players from among the 16 teams in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, and accumulate points in the contest as their players rack up goals, assists, wins and shutouts.

Contestants will also be asked to answer bonus questions (e.g., “How many overtime games will there be this postseason?”) to receive additional points.

The 2010 Calder Cup Challenge begins with the first game of the division semifinal round in mid-April and ends with the last game of the Calder Cup Finals in June.

The participant with the most points at the end of the contest will be the grand prize winner and receive a game-worn autographed jersey from the 2010 AHL All-Star Game.

Other top-10 finishers will receive prizes including team-autographed All-Star jerseys, copies of EA Sports’ NHL10 and AHL prize packs. Complete contest rules can be found at theahl.com.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 6.5 million fans per season have attended AHL games across North America since 2001. Over the past 74 years, the AHL has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.