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ED JOVANOVSKI TO PLAY IN 5TH CAREER NHL ALL-STAR GAME

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Thursday, January 10, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been named to the Western Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game which will be played Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.  

Jovanovski, 31, will be making his 5th NHL All-Star appearance.  The Windsor, Ontario native has played in four of the previous five NHL All-Star Games (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006).  

Jovanovski leads Coyotes’ defensemen in assists (22) and points (25) this season – his second with Phoenix.  His 22 assists are also tied for 8th most among NHL defensemen.  The 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner ranks 2nd overall on the Coyotes in assists and 4th in points.  

Last season, Jovanovski recorded 11-18-29 despite missing the final 22 games of the season with a groin injury. He led all Coyotes defensemen in scoring and ranked 4th in points on the team (29).

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 12-season NHL career, Jovanovski has recorded 100-271-371 and 1,181 penalty minutes (PIM) in 781 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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