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Bendickson tabbed for All-Star Game

DULUTH — Coming off a four-point night that helped further the Gwinnett Gladiators’ resuscitation, rookie Aaron Bendickson was named to the ECHL All-Star team Thursday.

In a new format, a roster of league all-stars will take on the host Bakersfield Condors on Jan. 26.

NAILERS AT GLADIATORS

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth

Tickets: Available starting at $10

Giveaway: The first 2,000 kids 12 and under get a pack of hockey-themed Silly Bandz.

Note: A live concert by the Grammy nominated Christian band DecembeRadio will follow the game.

Bendickson leads Gladiators rookies in scoring with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 24 games this season.

The Thief River Fall, Minnesota native is riding a three-game goal scoring streak and had three assists Wednesday in a big win over Wheeling. Gwinnett was on an 11-game losing skid before Bendickson and the rest of the team put together back-to-back wins this week.

Bendickson was named the ECHL rookie of the month for October after a fantastic start. He posted nine points (two goals, seven assists) in four games. It also earned him a call-up to the American Hockey League with Rochester where he appeared in seven games and notched one goal.

In his four-year collegiate career, Bendickson had 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 147 games with Wisconsin.