Wanvig Named AHL All-Star

(Norfolk Admirals release)

Norfolk Admirals leading scorer and current Lightning winger Kyle Wanvig has been selected as a member of Team Canada for the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok. The All-Star Classic takes place later this month in Binghamton, New York.

Wanvig, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing, was recalled by the parent Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He remains the Admirals leader with 13 goals, 23 assists, 36 points and seven power play goals. He also is tied for eleventh in points, tied for fifteenth in assists and tied for twelfth in power play goals in the American Hockey League. In 321 career AHL games, Wanvig has 91 goals and 97 assists for 188 points and 648 penalty minutes.

The seventh-year pro from Calgary, Alberta, joined the Lightning for his second career stint with the club last Saturday and is scoreless in two games during his current recall. Last season, he was scoreless in four games with Tampa Bay. In 70 career NHL games between the Lightning and Minnesota Wild, Wanvig has five goals and nine assists for 14 points and 87 penalty minutes.

Wanvig was drafted by the Wild in the second round (36th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After playing five seasons in the Minnesota system, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2006 off-season. He was acquired by the Lightning along with Stephen Baby for Andy Delmore and Andre Deveaux on February 1, 2007.

This is Wanvig's second career selection to the AHL All-Star Classic. He also participated in the 2004 All-Star Classic in Grand Rapids. Admirals captain Dan Jancevski joined Wanvig as a starter on Team Canada during that season. Other 2007-08 Admirals to previously appear in the AHL All-Star Classic include Marc Denis in 1999 and Karri Ramo in 2007.

The 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok will take place this month at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, N.Y . The event will begin with the 2008 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on January 27, and conclude with the 2008 AHL All-Star Game on January 28.

The selections for the PlanetUSA All-Stars will be announced at 2:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, January 10.