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2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Breaking down All-Star roster by the numbers

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 1:26 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

With so many superstars with so many accolades selected to take part in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30, there's no end to the interesting nuggets about everyone involved.

But for this story, the end to the interesting numbers comes at No. 15. Here are those 15 facts about the upcoming All-Star Game that you will hopefully find interesting.

NHL unveils uniforms for 2011 NHL All-Star Game

Jerseys available today for purchase online at Hurricanes team stores

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 11:58 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

ASG Jersey

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NEW YORK – The players in the 2011 NHL® All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS, NHL Radio) will wear uniforms made using the latest design techniques and innovations in cresting, lettering and numbering to improve performance and mobility.  Both team jerseys are available for purchase starting today at and at Carolina Hurricanes®  team store locations in Raleigh.

One team will wear white jerseys, helmets and socks, with red trim throughout and red gloves and pants. The opposing team will wear dark blue jerseys with royal blue trim, navy blue helmets, gloves and pants and navy blue socks. The five primary colors in the uniforms – red, white, silver, royal blue and navy blue – correspond with colors found in most NHL team jerseys.

Additional 36 All-Stars, 12 rookies announced to the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend player roster

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 11:31 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies who will join fan-voted top six Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, in Raleigh for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities.  

The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the RBC Center.  Each team will be comprised of 3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards and will have one captain and two alternates to be chosen by the players and announced next week. The 12 NHL Rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the RBC Center. 

Hometown boys E. Staal, Ward highlight ASG roster

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 11:20 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Eric Staal and Cam Ward have been the most prominent on-ice duo in Raleigh, N.C. since Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Later this month, the Hurricanes captain and star goalie will represent the host city and team at the NHL's All-Star Weekend -- capped, of course, by the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, on Jan. 30 at RBC Center.
Staal and Ward were among the 48 players, including 12 rookies, chosen by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department to join the top six vote-getters in the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM.
"I wanted to be in there. I wanted to make sure I performed well to start the season to ensure that I was going to be in the game," Staal told "I enjoy that experience with our fans. I have been at a few other All-Star Games and the hometown crowd shows a lot of love for their hometown players. Hopefully it'll be a good experience for me."

Mock draft presents interesting All-Star Game picture

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 11:20 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

There's nothing quite as fun as a fantasy draft. You spend weeks making cheat sheets, lists, figuring out who is due for a breakout season and who can be a steal in the late rounds.

But a fantasy draft where the players picked will actually perform for you on the ice? That's what the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover is all about.

Of the 42 players who will take part in the game, six (2 forwards, 1 defenseman per team) will be chosen as captains. They will then choose sides in an 18-round fantasy draft that will determine the teams for the All-Star Game.

There's never been anything like it.

For this fantasy draft done by staff writers Dan Rosen and Dave Lozo, the rules are exactly the same. The first six picks were used to choose the players who would be selected as captains and alternates. In the real draft to be held Jan. 28 at the Raleigh Convention Center, the captains will be decided by the real players.

Half of 2011 ASG roster making its All-Star debut

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 11:05 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Two were heralded No. 1 draft picks, while another two were eighth-round picks -- a draft round that no longer exists.

But today, Steven Stamkos, Marc-Andre Fleury, Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien all share one very important thing in common -- they're all first-time All-Stars, joining 17 other players who will all make their initial All-Star appearance when All-Star Weekend kicks off Friday, Jan. 28.

Stamkos, the first pick of the 2008 Entry Draft, is following his breakout 51-goal season with 31 goals in his first 43 games this season, putting him on pace for 59.

After a rugged start, Fleury mostly has been flying ever since. He won 11-straight games in November and December, and rode the popularity that came with it to the third-most votes in All-Star fan balloting.

Then there are the Thrashers' twin All-Star defenders, Byfuglien and Enstrom. They were taken six spots apart at the 2003 Entry Draft, with the Thrashers selecting Enstrom with pick No. 239, followed by the Blackhawks picking Byfuglien at No. 245. From those auspicious beginnings, however, each has grown into deserving first-time All-Stars.

Despite success, Flyers may not have All-Star

Friday, 01.07.2011 / 1:17 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Three names poured right out of Mike Richards' mouth, and, shortly after, came a fourth. If he wanted to show a little ego he could have mentioned himself, too.

The question was who in the Flyers' dressing room deserves to be in the NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.?

The answer isn't so simple, and that speaks volumes about a team that after Thursday's 4-2 victory in New Jersey had the most points-per-game (1.375) in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has 55 points in 40 games as it battled Pittsburgh for Eastern Conference supremacy.

For all their succes, though, the Flyers don't have one defined all-star. Instead, they have several players who are having all-star caliber seasons.

NHL partners with Harris Teeter for 2011 NHL Fan Fair

Tickets to Fan Festival to be available at Harris Teeter locations in the Triangle

Thursday, 01.06.2011 / 9:03 AM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) and popular food market chain Harris Teeter announced today that tickets for NHL Fan Fair™, the official 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, will be available for purchase at checkout counters at all 39 Harris Teeter locations in the Triangle area starting, Wednesday, Jan. 5. A long-time sponsor of the Carolina Hurricanes®, this is the first time that Harris Teeter is teaming up in-store with the NHL and the Hurricanes to sell tickets for a hockey-related event.

From Friday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 30, NHL Fan Fair will occupy more than 150,000 square feet of the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, offering hockey fans of all ages three fun-filled days of interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, pin trading and trading card zones, music, food, official NHL All-Star merchandise and dozens of other dynamic activities. The highlight of NHL Fan Fair will be the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft™ enabled by Cisco on Friday, Jan. 28, televised live nationwide on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET.

Eric Staal talks All-Star Game, facing brother Marc

Wednesday, 01.05.2011 / 1:54 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It's not official just yet, but it's very likely Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal will be playing in the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.

He's tied for seventh in NHL goals with 18 and ranks in the top 20 in scoring with 38 points in 38 games. Throw in the fact that the All-Star Game will be played at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., and there's a better than average chance that not only will he be in the pool of 36 players chosen next Tuesday to join the six players selected by fans, but he could be one of the captains who will take part in the All-Star fantasy draft.

Shanahan stresses fun factor in All-Star fantasy draft

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 3:07 PM / 2011 NHL All-Star Game - Presented by Discover

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"You've got players picking teams and players shunning teams, and you want them to go out the next day and sort of feel like, 'Hey, I'm happy to be here, we're all here to have a good time -- but you punk, you didn't choose me and I want to beat you.'" -- Brendan Shanahan

One thing HBO's "24/7" series with the Penguins and Capitals has taught us is that hockey players love to have fun.

NHL V.P. of Hockey and Business Development Brendan Shanahan believes the players taking part in NHL All-Star Weekend later this month will embrace the event with the same comedic edge, turning the three-night showcase into can't-miss entertainment.

"There is no intensity in that mustache boy shootout, but it really is entertaining," Shanahan, referring to the Penguins' monthly shootout competition we've seen documented on HBO, told "Let's stop trying to make an All-Star Game a real game and let's stop trying to compare it to a real game. If you enjoy watching the mustache boy shootout, you really could and should enjoy All-Star Weekend. They're still trying to score."

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