Roster changes announced for All-Star Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced several changes to the team rosters for the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to take place Sunday and Monday, Jan. 27 and 28, in Providence, R.I.

In the Eastern Conference, Norfolk Admirals forward Emerson Etem, Binghamton Senators defenseman Eric Gryba, Syracuse Crunch defenseman Radko Gudas, Worcester Sharks forward Bracken Kearns, St. John’s IceCaps defenseman Derek Meech, Providence Bruins forward Jamie Tardif and Hershey Bears forward Jeff Taffe have been added to the roster.

In the Western Conference, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont, Toronto Marlies forward Matt Frattin and Chicago Wolves defenseman Brad Hunt have been added.

In addition, the AHL has announced that Binghamton’s Andre Benoit, Portland’s Alexandre Bolduc, Providence’s Chris Bourque, Norfolk’s Peter Holland, Worcester’s Tim Kennedy, Hershey’s Tomas Kundratek and St. John’s Zach Redmond in the East and Hamilton’s Brendan Gallagher, Toronto’s Mike Kostka and Chicago’s Brett Sterling in the West will be unavailable for the event.

A limited number of individual tickets remain available for the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. Call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit or the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office to purchase.

The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League competing a two-day event to be televised nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, nearly 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Briere, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri, Zdeno Chara, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal.

2013 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team
Goaltenders Forwards
Robin Lehner, Binghamton Senators Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons
Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons Beau Bennett, W-B/Scranton Penguins
Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins Bobby Butler, Albany Devils
  Emerson Etem, Norfolk Admirals
Defensemen Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch
Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch Bracken Kearns, Worcester Sharks
Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale
Tim Erixon, Springfield Falcons Nino Niederreiter, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Eric Gryba, Binghamton Senators Richard Panik, Syracuse Crunch
Radko Gudas, Syracuse Crunch Jeff Taffe, Hershey Bears
Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack Phantoms Jamie Tardif, Providence Bruins
Derek Meech, St. John’s IceCaps Tyler Toffoli, Manchester Monarchs
David Rundblad, Portland Pirates Trent Whitfield, Providence Bruins ("C")

2013 AHL Western Conference All-Star Team
Goaltenders Forwards
Barry Brust, Abbotsford Heat Andrew Agozzino, Lake Erie Monsters
Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins Mark Arcobello, Oklahoma City Barons
Justin Peters, Charlotte Checkers Gabriel Dumont, Hamilton Bulldogs
  Matt Fraser, Texas Stars
Defensemen Matt Frattin, Toronto Marlies
Victor Bartley, Milwaukee Admirals Ryan Hamilton, Toronto Marlies
Chad Billins, Grand Rapids Griffins Quintin Laing, Abbotsford Heat ("C")
Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins
Mark Cundari, Peoria Rivermen Kevin Porter, Rochester Americans
Brad Hunt, Chicago Wolves Martin St. Pierre, Rockford IceHogs
Michal Jordan, Charlotte Checkers Mike Sgarbossa, Lake Erie Monsters
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans Drew Shore, San Antonio Rampage
Jamie Oleksiak, Texas Stars Jason Zucker, Houston Aeros