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Sharks, Red Wings lead Western Conference additions to 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal

Wednesday, 01.7.2009 / 10:20 AM MT / News
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Sharks, Red Wings lead Western Conference additions to 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal
             The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package. and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.

            NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2009) -- Two players each from the League-leading San Jose Sharks and Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings headline the 15 players named today to the Western Conference roster for the 57th NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal (6 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS, NHL Radio).

            The Sharks, who own the NHL's best record at 29-5-5, will send center Joe Thornton for his sixth consecutive All-Star Game appearance and defenseman Dan Boyle, who will make his All-Star debut. The Red Wings (27-7-5) rank second to San Jose in the Western Conference and will be represented by defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who will play in his 10th consecutive and 11th career All-Star Game, and center Pavel Datsyuk, set to make his third career trip to the All-Star celebration.

            Western Conference roster additions making their first All-Star Game appearance in addition to Boyle are goaltender Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and left wing Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.

            Joining Backstrom in the Western Conference goal is Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, who will play in his third career All-Star Game. The event will mark a homecoming for Luongo, who was born and played minor hockey in Montreal.

            Another player named to the West roster today with connections to the All-Star host city is Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray, who played seven seasons on the Montreal Canadiens blueline and represented the club in two All-Star Games.

            Other Western Conference forwards selected include Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash, who set an All-Star Game record by scoring 12 seconds into last year's contest in Atlanta and went on to tally a hat trick in the 8-7 loss to the East. This year's high-scoring West attack is rounded out by Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk.

            The players selected today join six players voted by fans to the starting lineup: defenseman Brian Campbell and forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, and defenseman Scott Niedermayer, forward Ryan Getzlaf and goaltender J.S. Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks.

            The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers. The full Eastern Conference All-Star roster will be announced tomorrow.



(statistics through games of Jan. 6, 2009)


                                                                          2008-09 Statistics             All-Star

GOALTENDERS                                           GP      W    L OT    GAA   Appearance

* J.S. Giguere, Anaheim Ducks                       26     11    9    4     2.96            1st

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild                   33     19  12    2     2.14            1st

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks             19     11    5    2     2.17           3rd


                                                                          2008-09 Statistics             All-Star

DEFENSEMEN                                              GP     G     A  Pts         Appearance

* Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks          37      6    22    28                      3rd

* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks             41      5    19    24                      5th

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings                37      5    22    27                    11th

Sheldon Souray, Edmonton Oilers                   37    12    16    28                      3rd

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators                    39    12    16    28                      1st

Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks                           38    12    20    32                      1st


                                                                          2008-09 Statistics             All-Star

FORWARDS                                                  GP     G     A  Pts         Appearance

* Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks              35    16    25    41                      1st

* Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks         37    11    21    32                      1st

* Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks                      40    15    31    46                     2nd

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames                        40    18    28    46                      5th

Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche                  40    13    16    29                      3rd

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets                 40    17    22    39                      4th

Mike Modano, Dallas Stars                              38    13    13    26                      7th

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings                   39    17    28    45                      3rd

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings                     39    13    13    26                      1st

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes                        41    18    20    38                     2nd

Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues                         39    14    13    27                      5th

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks                       39      9    37    46                      6th


* players voted to the starting lineup in XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports



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