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AHL releases 2008-09 Top Prospects card set

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association today unveiled the 2008-09 AHL Top Prospects trading card set, featuring 50 of the outstanding young players in the AHL.

The set, manufactured by Choice SportsCards of Aston, Pa., features action photos and career statistics of rising stars from all 29 AHL teams. The cards are available for purchase online at ahlstore.com and in select AHL arenas. Included in the set are:

Daniel Manzato
Zack Smith
Brian Elliott
Trevor Smith
Andrew MacDonald
Spencer Machacek
Justin Abdelkader
Daniel Larsson
Yannick Weber
Max Pacioretty
Artem Anisimov
Bobby Sanguinetti
Oskar Osala
Simeon Varlamov
Peter Olvecky
Drew Miller
Bobby Ryan
Kyle Cumiskey
Tyler Eckford
Jeff Frazee
Viatcheslav Voynov
Jonathan Bernier
Trevor Lewis
Cory Schneider
Mike Santorelli
Steve Downie
Paul Szczechura
Jonas Junland
Ben Bishop
Claude Giroux
Nathan Gerbe
Tim Kennedy
Martins Karsums
Tuukka Rask
Leland Irving
Kenndal McArdle
Shawn Matthias
Petri Kontiola
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Chad Kolarik
Brett MacLean
Viacheslav Trukhno
Theo Peckham
Nikita Filatov
Jiri Tlusty
Luca Caputi
Dustin Jeffrey
John Curry
Jamie McGinn
Derek Joslin

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Now in its 73rd season of play, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 84 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 50 million fans have attended AHL games since the start of the 2001-02 season.