All-Star Rosters Finalized
Right wing Teemu Selanne, the leading scorer on the top-ranked Anaheim Ducks, heads the list of 15 additions to the Western Conference all-star roster and veteran All-Star goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils heads the list of 15 players added to the Eastern Conference all-star roster for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio).
Selanne will be playing in his 10th career All-Star Game, second among Western Conference players to starting forward Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, who will be making his 12th career appearance. Selanne earned MVP honors in the 1998 All-Star Game at Vancouver, becoming the first European player to register a hat trick in All-Star competition
Brodeur will be making his ninth career All-Star Game appearance, fourth on the all-time goaltenders list behind Glenn Hall (13), Terry Sawchuk (11) and Patrick Roy (11). Entering the contest with a 3-1 record in his eight All-Star Game appearances, Brodeur could match Hall's record total of four career victories.
Eight other players added to the Western Conference roster will be making their All-Star Game debut: goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky of the Los Angeles Kings, and forwards Martin Havlat of the Chicago Blackhawks, Yanic Perreault of the Phoenix Coyotes, Brian Rolston of the Minnesota Wild, Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings.
Others named to the Eastern Conference roster were: defensemen Brian Rafalski of the Devils, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs plus forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators, Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers.
The roster additions were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.
The players selected join Sakic and five other players voted by fans to the starting lineup, forwards Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo of the Sharks, defensemen Scott Niedermayer of the Ducks and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings, and goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.
The players selected join the six players voted by the fans to the starting lineup. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, the NHL's leading vote-getter in All-Star fan balloting, is joined by forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Ryan Miller, defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Daniel Briere from the Buffalo Sabres, and defenseman Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens.
The head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars will be the Ducks' Randy Carlyle, making his first career All-Star Game coaching appearance. Carlyle's assistant is Predators head coach Barry Trotz.
The head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars is the Sabres' Lindy Ruff, making his second career All-Star Game appearance. Ruff's assistant is Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley.
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN, the NHL's exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.
2007 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER
* Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks (2nd)
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames (1st)
Marty Turco, Dallas Stars (3rd)
* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks (4th)
* Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings (9th)
Philippe Boucher, Dallas Stars (1st)
Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames (1st)
Kimmo Timonen, Nashville Predators (2nd)
Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles Kings (1st)
* Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (4th)
* Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche (12th)
* Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks (1st)
Bill Guerin, St. Louis Blues (4th)
Martin Havlat, Chicago Blackhawks (1st)
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks (2nd)
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets (2nd)
Yanic Perreault, Phoenix Coyotes (1st)
Brian Rolston, Minnesota Wild (1st)
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (10th)
Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers (1st)
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings (1st)
2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER
* Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres (1st)
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils (9th)
Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens (1st)
* Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres (1st)
* Sheldon Souray, Montreal Canadiens (2nd)
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers (1st)
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (2nd)
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs (2nd)
Brian Rafalski, New Jersey Devils (2nd)
* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (1st)
* Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (1st)
* Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres (1st)
Jason Blake, New York Islanders (1st)
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers (2nd)
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators (2nd)
Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers (3rd)
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning (2nd)
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning (3rd)
Brendan Shanahan, New York Rangers (8th)
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes (1st)
Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes (1st)
* voted by fans to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team’s starting lineup