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Canadiens' Subban to take part in All-Star Weekend

Wednesday, 01.26.2011 / 11:56 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

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Canadiens' Subban to take part in All-Star Weekend
Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban to take part in All-Star Weekend.
P.K. Subban had his breakout moment in the NHL when he joined the Montreal Canadiens during their surprising run to the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.

Subban will have another chance in the spotlight this weekend. He will compete in the Honda SuperSkills competition as part of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, N.C. Subban was named as a rookie replacement Wednesday.

One of the top young offensive-minded defensemen in the League, the 21-year-old Subban has 5 goals and 19 points for the Canadiens in 45 games this season. He is fourth on the team in ice time, logging 21:14 per contest.

Subban played in two regular-season games for the Canadiens in 2009-10, but became a breakout star in the postseason after joining the team for Game 6 of the first-round series against Washington. He finished the postseason with a goal and 8 points in 14 games while helping to replace some of the offense and minutes lost when Andrei Markov went out with a knee injury.

The Montreal defenseman is one of two expected rookie replacements. Edmonton's Jordan Eberle is unable to participate because of injury and Carolina's Jeff Skinner has earned a promotion to the regular All-Star roster as an injury replacement.
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