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Play Calder Cup Challenge and win

The American Hockey League has launched the 2011 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 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, accumulating 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 2011 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 an AHL All-Star game worn jersey.

Other top-10 finishers will receive prizes including team-autographed All-Star goalie sticks, copies of EA Sports’ NHL11 and AHL prize packs. Complete contest rules can be found at theahl.com.

Celebrating its historic 75th anniversary season in 2010-11, the American Hockey League continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 85 percent of all players competing in the NHL are AHL graduates, and through the years the American Hockey League has been home to more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.