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ED JOVANOVSKI TO PLAY IN 4TH CAREER NHL ALL-STAR GAME

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been added to the Western Conference roster for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game which will be played Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Jovanovski, 30, will be making his 4th NHL All-Star appearance. The Windsor, Ontario native has played in three of the previous four NHL All-Star Games (2001, 2002, and 2003). Jovanovski is the second Coyotes' player to be named to the Western Conference roster. Yanic Perreault was named to the team on Saturday.

Jovanovski leads Coyotes' defensemen in goals (11) and points (27) this season - his first with Phoenix. His 11 goals are also tied for 4th most among NHL defenseman. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound blueliner ranks tied for 3rd overall on the Coyotes in goals and 5th in points. Over his last 22 contests, Jovanovski has collected 8-13-21.

The Coyotes signed Jovanovski as a free agent on July 1, 2006 - the first day of the year's free agent signing period. During his 11-season NHL career, Jovanovski has recorded 97-247-344 and 1,139 penalty minutes (PIM) in 729 games with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, and Coyotes.

Jovanovski won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He was also named to Canada's squad for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but was unable to participate due to a groin injury. His impressive resume of international competition also includes helping Team Canada win the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and he was a member of Canada's silver medal-winning 1996 World Cup team. Additionally, he won a gold medal at the 2004 World Championships and a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships with Team Canada.

Jovanovski was the first overall selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by Florida.

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