Friday, January 9, 2009GLENDALE, ARIZONA –
Phoenix Coyotes right wing Mikkel Boedker
has been named to the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck, which will be played on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal as part of NHL All-Star Weekend.
Boedker, 19, has recorded 7-11-18 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM) in 42 games for the Coyotes this season. The rookie from Brondby, Denmark ranks 7th on the Coyotes in scoring and leads all Coyotes rookies in goals, assists and points. He is also one of seven Coyotes players to have appeared in all 42 of the team’s games this season. Among NHL rookies, Boedker ranks T-8th in scoring.
Boedker, who was selected by the Coyotes with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is the sixth member of the Coyotes organization to be named to the NHL YoungStars Game, which began in 2001-02. He joins Krys Kolanos (2002 – represented by Paul Mara), Ossi Vaananen (2003), Branko Radivojevic (2003) and Peter Mueller (2008) as the only Coyotes to be invited to the event.
This year’s YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck will be played under a new format that features rookies versus second-year players.
The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Boedker recorded 29-44-73 and 14 PIM in 69 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season. His 73 points ranked 3rd among OHL rookies. He also ranked T-2nd in the OHL in game-winning goals last season with nine.
Boedker also helped lead Kitchener to the OHL championship and the Memorial Cup final during the 2007-08 campaign, finishing 2nd in OHL playoff scoring by recording 9-26-35 in 20 games. He also registered 2-4-6 in five Memorial Cup games.
Voted as the OHL’s Best Skater in the Western Conference in the annual Coaches Poll, Boedker also represented Team Denmark at the 2008 World Junior Championships and ranked 2nd on the team in scoring with 2-4-6 in six games. In 2006-07, Boedker played for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League. He registered 19-30-49 and 14 PIM in 39 games while leading his team to the league championship.