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Shattenkirk Names All-Time All-Star Team

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is heading to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

Shattenkirk, 25, becomes the first Blues defenseman to be selected for the NHL All-Star Game since Chris Pronger represented the Blues in 2004. This season, Shattenkirk and Calgary's Mark Giordano lead the NHL in points by a defenseman (39). Shattenkirk leads all NHL players with 24 power-play points.

The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., while the All-Star Game will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. CT. Both events will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

As he prepares to be part of All-Star Weekend, we thought it would be fun to find out who Shattenkirk would choose for his all-time NHL All-Star team.

Here is his starting lineup of three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie.

 FORWARDS

WAYNE GRETZKY
GP: 1,487 | G: 894
A: 1,963 | PTS: 2,857

MARIO LEMEIUX

 GP: 915 | G: 690
A: 1,033 | PTS: 1,723

MARK MESSIER
 GP: 1,756 | G: 694
A: 1,193 | PTS: 1,887
    
DEFENSEMEN

BRIAN LEETCH
 GP: 1,205 | G: 247
A: 781 | PTS: 1,028

RAY BOURQUE
 GP: 1,612 | G: 410
A: 1,169 | PTS: 1,579
        
GOALIE

MIKE RICHTER
 GP: 666 | W: 201 | L: 258
GAA: 2.89 | SV%: .904 |
SO: 24

"These are the guys I grew up watching," Shattenkirk said. "A couple of homers there with Messier, Leetch and Richter because I grew up a New York guy and saw them play all the time. With Ray Bourque, he's another guy I really admired growing up. As far as the other two, Gretzky and Lemieux deserve to be on everybody's all-star teams, so those are two easy picks."

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