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Stastny Named to All-Star Game Roster

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
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Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny has been named to the 2008 NHL Western Conference All-Star roster, the league announced today. He will make his first career All-Star appearance when the 2008 NHL All-Star Game is played at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Sunday, January 27 (6:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS Network).

“It’s an honor to be selected with all these other great players,” said Stastny. “Hopefully I can soak it up and enjoy it the best I can.”

Stastny, currently the team’s leading scorer with 44 points (15g/29a) through 43 games this season, was named to the All-Star squad by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department in conjunction with League general managers. He is also scheduled to participate in the NHL All-Star Skills competition which takes place Saturday, January 26.  

“It’s surprised me a little bit how quickly I’ve transitioned to the [NHL] game in the past year and a half, but my goal is to not be satisfied and keep getting better,” Stastny added. "I’ve got so many good players around me, it’s pretty easy to play with some of the guys I’ve been playing with."

Paul’s father, Peter, played in six NHL All-Star Games during his 15-year career from 1980-1995. The Stastnys will become just the seventh father-son tandem in NHL history to play in the All Star Game.

“I’m sure he’ll be excited," the younger Stastny said of his father, who is currently in Europe and had not yet heard the news. "I think he’ll be more excited than I am.”

Stastny’s All-Star selection comes a year after his outstanding rookie campaign of 2006-07 in which he compiled 78 points (28g/50a) in 82 games and was runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy that recognizes the league’s top rookie. He set an NHL rookie-record with a 20-game scoring streak and at age 21, became the third-youngest player in league history to record a 20-game point streak following Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. He finished second among NHL rookies in scoring and recorded the fourth highest point total by a rookie in franchise history, trailing his father, Peter, and uncles, Marian and Anton.


SON (career years)          GP       FATHER (career years)       GP

Paul Stastny (’06-’08)       1         Peter Stastny (’80-’95)         6
Brett Hull (’85-’06)              8         Bobby Hull (’57-’80)               12
Mark Howe (’80-’95)          4         Gordie Howe (’47-’80)           23
Lee Fogolin (’74-’87)         1         Lidio Fogolin (’47-’56)           2
Kevin Dineen (’85-’03)      2         Bill Dineen (’53-’58)               2
Brian Conacher (’61-72)   1         Lionel Conacher (’26-’37)    1
Syl Apps Jr. (’70-‘80)          1        Syl Apps Sr. (’36-’48)              2
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