Vrana named to PlanetUSA AHL All-Stars
Vrana, 22, has eight goals and 28 assists for 36 points in 39 games this season with Lowell (AHL). The 5-10, 190-lb. center collected 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 61 games with New Jersey's AHL affiliate during the 2006-07 campaign.
A native of Sternberk, Czech Rep., Vrana was selected with New Jersey's second choice, 42nd overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft.
The PlanetUSA team comprises 24 players – 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders – born outside of Canada; the Canadian team was announced on Wednesday.
Of the 427 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrik Elias.
The 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2008 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 27 (7:00 ET), and the 2008 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 28 (7:00 ET). The event will be televised nationally in the United States and Canada.