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McDonald's lines up 12 lucky young 'Starters'

Saturday, 01.24.2009 / 2:18 PM / 2009 NHL All-Star Game

NHL.com

MONTREAL -- When the 12 NHL All-Star starters are introduced for Sunday night's big game (Versus, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio, XM Radio, 6 p.m. ET), there will be another dozen "starters" thrilled to standing alongside the pros.

Randomly selected among more than 12,000 online entries, the winners of the McDonald's In the Line Up contest will be having quite the glorious (make that glorieux) weekend here in Montreal.

The 12 McDonald's winners started with a group dinner Friday night, keynoted by Eastern Conference "In the Line Up" captain Mike Komisarek of the Canadiens and Western Conference captain Jonathan Toews. Next up was a Saturday morning hockey clinic with those captains (nobody seemed the least bit bothered that practice started at 8 a.m. at Bell Centre!) and then all sorts of fun with the big finale Sunday night.

To mark the occasion, NHL.com has asked Michael Anthony, 11, one of the 12 lucky McDonald's In the Lineup winners, to serve as the group's blogger for the weekend. Thanks, Michael!

Here are the 12 McDonald's In the Line Up winners and some fun facts about each:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Justin Clermont, 10, Anjou, Quebec -- Plays defense, 6 years of hockey, fave team is Montreal, fave player is "In the Line Up" captain Mike Komisarek, also enjoys skiing, video games and drawing.

Francois Desrosiers, 11, Bathurst, New Brunswick -- Plays defense, 3 years of hockey, fave team is Montreal, fave player is All-Star Andrei Markov, fave subject is English, wants to be a computer scientist.

Jett Tokiwa, 8, Mississauga, Ontario -- Plays winger/defense, 3 years of hockey, fave team Montreal, fave players are All-Star goalie Carey Price and Habs teammate Saku Koivu, nickname is Jetski.

Tyler Griffin, 10, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
-- Plays defense, 3 years of hockey, fave team Montreal, fave player Andrei Markov, next favorite sport is golf, fave subject is gym, does not like onions.

Noah Dobson, 9, Summerside, Prince Edward Island -- Plays defense, 6 years of hockey, fave team Pittsburgh Penguins, fave player Sidney Crosby, fave McDonald's item is a cheeseburger.

Michael Anthony, 11, Hubly, Nova Scotia -- Plays center, 8 years of hockey, fave team is Toronto Maple Leafs, fave players are Alex Ovechkin and fellow Nova Scotia fave, Sid the Kid.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Robbie Johnstone, 9, Amherstburg, Ontario -- Plays center, 4 years of hockey, fave team tie between Calgary and Pittsburgh, fave player Sidney Crosby, wants to play in NHL, backup plan is dentist.

Matt Paskevich, 10, Swift Current, Saskatoon -- Plays right wing, 4 years of hockey, fave team Calgary, fave player Sidney Crosby, fave subject is math, loves to read when not playing hockey.

Jesse Ferguson, 11, Nanaimo, British Columbia -- Plays goalie, 6 years of hockey, fave team is Van couver, fave player is Roberto Luongo, loves listening to Linkin Park, wants to be NHL goalie or veterinarian.

Lonan Bulger, 7, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories -- Plays forward, 3 years of hockey, fave team Toronto Maple Leafs, fave player Mats Sundin, fave subject math, fave McDonald's item McNuggets.

Kane MacDonald, 8, Kipling, Saskatoon -- Plays forward, 4 years of hockey, fave team Edmonton Oilers, fave player Jarome Iginla, loves Pendragon books, does not like Brussels sprouts.

Matthew Blindheim, 9, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories -- Plays goalie, 1 year of hockey, fave team Vancouver Canucks, fave player Roberto Luongo, loves goalie clinics and Pokemon.

-- Bob Condor, NHL.com Editor in Chief