HARTFORD, January 24, 2013:  The American Hockey League today announced that Connecticut Whale rookie forward J.T. Miller has been added to the Eastern Conference team roster for the upcoming 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, RI.

2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star ClassicThe 19-year-old Miller, who will be the youngest participant in the event, has totaled seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 27 penalty minutes, in 33 games on the year with the Whale.  He also recently captured a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, leading his team in assists, and tying for second overall in the tournament, with seven and adding two goals for nine points, good for a tie for the U.S. team lead and for fifth overall in the tournament, in seven WJC games.

Miller, a 6-2, 195-pound native of East Palestine, OH, was the parent New York Rangers’ first pick (15th overall in the first round) in the 2011 NHL Draft.  Prior to turning pro this year, he played last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic will take place this Sunday and Monday, January 27-28, in Providence.  Tickets are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting www.providencebruins.com. All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The Whale continue a six-game homestand tomorrow night, Friday, January 25, hosting the Manchester Monarchs in a 7:00 PM game.  Like all Friday-night Whale home games, that night features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at the XL Center until the end of the first intermission.

Tickets to all Whale home games, start as low as $10 each ($12 each when tickets are purchased on the day of the game), and are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, through TicketMaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets for the Whale’s 2012-13 AHL season are also available. For information on season seats, and all of the Whale’s many ticketing options, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 548-2000 to talk with an account executive today.

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