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Chara, Alfredsson named All-Star Game captains

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game will be a battle between the hometown hero and the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Team Alfredsson will face Team Chara when the NHL's best meet in Ottawa for All-Star Weekend, as the NHL on Wednesday named Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson and Boston's Zdeno Chara team captains.

Daniel Alfredsson
Defenseman - BOS
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 27
SOG: 120 | +/-: 25
They will take turns picking their All-Star teams at the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Jan. 26. And it will be Alfredsson and Chara wearing C's on their jerseys at the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 28 and the All-Star Game on Jan. 29.

Alfredsson and Chara were teammates for four seasons in Ottawa (2001-02 to 2005-06), during which time they made the playoffs all four seasons, won a pair of Northeast Division titles and advanced to the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals.Alfredsson, in his 13th season as captain of the Senators, is third on the team with 15 goals and 35 points. He's helped guide a young Ottawa team to a surprising fifth place in the Eastern Conference. And with eight wins in their last 10 games, they're just one point behind Chara's Bruins for the top spot in the Northeast Division.

This is the second major milestone for Alfredsson this season. On Dec. 30, his overtime goal against the Calgary Flames was the 400th of his career. Alfredsson will be making his seventh career NHL All-Star Game appearance.

Now in his 16th season -- all with the Senators, who chose him in the sixth round of the 1994 Entry Draft -- he's the franchise's all-time leader in games played (1,098), goals (404), assists (654) and points (1,058).Chara is in his sixth season as captain in Boston, but last season certainly was his most memorable. He had 14 goals, 44 points and a plus-33 rating while playing 25:26 per game, and finishing as a finalist for the Norris Trophy and winning the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. He was even better in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading all players with a plus-16 rating, while contributing 2 goals and 9 points as he helped Boston win its first Stanley Cup since 1972.

The 34-year-old blueliner has picked up this season right where he left off. He leads all NHL defenseman with a plus-25 rating while playing an average of 24:36 per game. And with 27 points in 41 games, he's on pace for a career-best 57 points. Originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round of the 1996 Entry Draft, Chara, now in his 14th season, has 132 goals and 434 points in 969 games with the Islanders, Senators and Bruins. He won the Norris Trophy in 2009.

Author: Adam Kimelman | Deputy Managing Editor

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