The National Hockey League announced today that Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf
, goaltender J.S. Giguere and defenseman Scott Niedermayer have been voted to start for the Western Conference in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, slated for Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
This marks the second time in history that a Southern California NHL team (Ducks or Kings) have had three starters named to the All-Star Game, following the 1988-89 Los Angeles Kings, who had three players voted to the 1989 contest (Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Steve Duchesne). It also marks the first time since 2001 that the Ducks have had multiple All-Star starters (Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya).
|Comments from Getzlaf, Niedermayer and Giguere coming later today |
Getzlaf, 23 (5/10/85), has appeared in 38 games with the Ducks this season, scoring 15-29=44 points with a +4 rating and 74 PIM. Among NHL leaders, he ranks tied for seventh in points, seventh in assists, tied for second in power play points (3-17=20) and tied for first in power play assists. Getzlaf is making his second career All-Star appearance (2008). He received 716,569 votes from fans to finish among the top three Western Conference forwards.
Giguere, 31 (5/16/77), will be the starting goaltender for the Western Conference in his hometown of Montreal, marking his first career All-Star appearance. Giguere has appeared in 26 games with Anaheim in 2008-09, posting an 11-9-4 record with 2.96 goals-against average (GAA), .910 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts. The Montreal native had 47 saves in a 6-4 win over the Canadiens on Oct. 25 at the Bell Centre, his most since a career-high 51 stops on Mar. 21, 2004 vs. Detroit. Giguere was the top vote-getter among Western Conference goalies with 617,241 votes.
Niedermayer, 35 (8/31/73), has scored 5-15=20 points with 44 PIM in 39 games with the Ducks this season. Ranking fourth among NHL defensemen in average time on ice (27:04) and first in overall TOI (1,056:04), Niedermayer has logged over 30 minutes in six games in 2008-09 and became Anaheim’s leading all-time scoring defenseman on Dec. 3 at Chicago. Niedermayer, who collected his 500th career NHL assist last night vs. Philadelphia, has been named to a conference All-Star Team six times during his NHL career (1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009). Niedermayer earned the second-highest votes among Western Conference defenseman with 637,316.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.