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Sports 32 to Broadcast AHL All-Star Classic

Milwaukee, WI—Milwaukee Admirals forward Linus Klasen and goaltender Mark Dekanich will represent the Admirals at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic, presented by Capital Blue Cross, in Hershey, PA this Sunday and Monday, January 30 and 31.

This year’s showcase, with the 2011 Reese’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition set for Sunday (2 p.m. CT) and the 2011 AHL All-Star Game to follow on Monday (6 p.m. CT), will be produced by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and televised to more than 120 million households in North America. In Milwaukee, fans can watch both the Skills Competition (tape delayed at 9:00 pm) and the All-Star Game (Live) on Sports 32 on Time Warner Cable.

In addition, AHL Live ( www.ahllive.com) is also offering a special two-day subscription package for live streaming of the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic.

Dekanich currently has a record of 16-7-4 with a 1.98 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. So far this season he has recorded four shut outs, which ties him for second in the league, winning three of those contests 1-0. He set the franchise record of consecutive shut out minutes recording 209:31 from November 7-19. In addition, Dekanich has been recalled by Nashville twice this season and made his NHL debut on December 18 against the Los Angeles Kings.

The North Vancouver native holds the Admirals record for lowest goals against average (2.09) and the highest save percentage (.923), both of which he recorded in his rookie season in 2008-09, ranking second and fifth respectively in the AHL. Last year, he ended the season with a 27-16-4 record and ranked fifth in the AHL with a goals against average of 2.33. In his three seasons with the Admirals, he has posted a 57-31-9 record with a goals against average of 2.13 and a save percentage of .922.

In his first season in North America, Klasen leads the Admirals with 36 points (19g-17a) in 36 games and has posted nine multi-point games and two multi-goal games, both of which are also team highs. He also leads the team in goals, power-play tallies (8), and game-winning goals (4). On October 24, Klasen was named Reebok AHL Player of the Week after he posted six points in three games, part of a six game-point streak that ran from October 22 through November 7.

The Stockholm, Sweden native has been recalled twice by the Nashville Predators recording no points in four games and averaging 12:53 of ice time. Prior to joining the Admirals, Klasen played with Sodertalje in the Sweden Elitserien Hockey League (SEL). Last year, he was their leading scorer recording 51 points (19 g, 32a) in 51 games, ranking him fifth overall in the SEL.
 

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