ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott
has been named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career, the National Hockey League announced Thursday.
“Brian has been a key player for this team and he deserves this honor,” said Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong.
“He’s a true professional and the St. Louis Blues are proud to have him represent the organization at this year’s All-Star Game.”
Elliott, 26, is currently in his fifth NHL season and first with the Blues. The 6’3, 204-pound goaltender has posted a 15-5-0 record and ranks second in the NHL with a 1.62 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and a career-high-tying five shutouts.
In addition, Elliott has allowed the fewest goals (33) and suffered the fewest losses among goaltenders with at least 20 starts as well as posted the league’s top home record going 9-1-0 at Scottrade Center.
On October 26, 2011 at Vancouver, he became the first Blues goaltender in club history to earn wins in his first four starts of a single season.
The Newmarket, Ontario native was originally signed by the Blues as a free agent on July 1, 2011.
All-Star Weekend begins on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. with the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft, where two captains will select their teams from all the available All-Stars.
The weekend continues on Saturday, Jan. 28 with the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition, which is followed by Sunday's 4 p.m. NHL All-Star Game.
All three events will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.