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Perry, Hiller Named to All-Star Game; Fowler Among Rookies

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Ducks winger Corey Perry and goaltender Jonas Hiller were among the additional 36 All-Stars who wil play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Perry, Hiller and the rest of the 36 join fan-voted top six Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, in Raleigh for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities. 

The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the RBC Center.  Each team will be comprised of 3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards and will have one captain and two alternates to be chosen by the players and announced next week.

Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler is among the 12 NHL Rookies, who along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Sat., Jan. 29 at the RBC Center.

“Congratulations to Jonas, Corey and Cam for their worthy recognition,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “All three are deserving of appearing at All-Star Weekend for their performance and hard work this season.”

Hiller, 28 (2/12/82), will make his first career All-Star appearance. In his fourth NHL season, Hiller is on pace for a career year with Anaheim, going 21-14-3 in 39 appearances with a .929 save percentage (SV%) and 2.39 goals-against average (GAA). He currently leads the league in both appearances and saves (1,156), while also ranking tied for second in wins, third in SV% and tied for fourth in shutouts (4). His .929 SV% and 21 wins for the season are both on pace to break club records (J.S. Giguere had 36 wins in 2006-07 and a .9224 SV% in 2007-08).

A native of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, Hiller currently has a career-best 154:50 minute scoreless streak, spanning three games. He has stopped 80 consecutive shots dating back to Jan. 5 vs. Nashville when Patric Hornqvist scored at 3:56 of the second period. In addition, Hiller recorded consecutive shutouts for the first time in his career (fourth in franchise history) on Jan. 7 vs. Columbus (6-0) and Jan. 9 vs. San Jose (1-0). Over the last five contests (4-1-0), Hiller has compiled a .969 SV% (189-of-195) and 1.00 GAA (6 GA/359 MIN). For his efforts, he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Jan. 3-9, 2011.

The 6-2, 194-pound netminder appeared in his first Olympic Winter Games in 2010 for his native Switzerland, going 1-3-0 with a 2.47 GAA and .918 SV% in five contests in Vancouver. His 146 saves for the tournament ranked third among all goaltenders. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim on May 25, 2007, Hiller has gone 84-59-19 in 167 career NHL contests with a 2.47 GAA and .922 SV%.

Perry, 25 (5/16/85), has appeared in all 45 games for the Ducks this season, collecting 21-24=45 points with a +4 rating and 80 penalty minutes (PIM). Perry ranks tied for sixth in the NHL in goals and tied for ninth in points, leading the Ducks in both categories. Perry has increased his point total in each of his six NHL seasons and is on pace for a career-high 82-point season. The Peterborough, Ontario native recently recorded his first career hat trick as part of a career and franchise-tying (14th time) five-point game (3-2=5) on Dec. 12, 2010 vs. Minnesota. It marked the second time in club history a player had scored on the power play, at even strength and short-handed (also Paul Kariya, 1/10/97 vs. BUF).

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, this will be Perry’s second All-Star appearance, making his debut in Atlanta, GA in 2008. He has appeared in six NHL seasons, scoring 139-177=316 points with a +39 rating and 513 PIM in 413 career games with the Ducks. Perry won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, scoring 6-9=15 points in 21 contests. In 2010, Perry won a gold medal with Team Canada in his first career Olympic appearance at the Winter Games in Vancouver. He collected 4-1=5 points in seven contests, including Canada’s second goal in their thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the United States in the gold-medal game on Feb. 28, 2010.

Fowler, 19 (12/5/91), has scored 3-18=21 points with 10 PIM in 39 games with Anaheim this season. Selected by the Ducks in the first round (12th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Fowler leads all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring and assists in 2010-11. The Windsor, Ontario native also leads all NHL rookies in average TOI (22:17), ranks tied for first in assists and seventh in points.

Fowler is the only defenseman from the 2010 Draft currently playing with an NHL club and one of only five from the draft playing for an NHL club. The youngest defenseman among NHL rookie scoring leaders, Fowler matched a franchise rookie record with three assists in a 6-0 victory on Jan. 7 vs. Columbus.

Below are the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies: 

36 Additional All-Stars
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks
Jarome Iginla – Calgary Flames
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes
Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche
Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets
Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars
Brad Richards – Dallas Stars
Ales Hemsky – Edmonton Oilers
Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils
Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers
David Backes – St. Louis Blues
Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers
Tobias Enstrom – Atlanta Thrashers
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins
Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit Red Wings
Brent Burns – Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Marc Staal – New York Rangers
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators
Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks
Mike Green – Washington Capitals

Jonas Hiller – Anaheim Ducks
Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins
Cam Ward – Carolina Hurricanes
Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers

12 Rookies
Cam Fowler – Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin – Boston Bruins
Tyler Ennis – Buffalo Sabres
Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes
Kevin Shattenkirk – Colorado Avalanche
Jordan Eberle – Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall – Edmonton Oilers
Evgeny Dadonov – Florida Panthers
Michael Grabner – New York Islanders
Derek Stepan – New York Rangers
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Phoenix Coyotes
Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks

NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft Powered By Cisco
As previously announced, the NHL, working in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, replaced the traditional conference vs. conference format for the All-Star teams with a player draft that will determine the team rosters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills®. The Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center.

A coin toss will decide first pick with the team captains, joined by their two alternate captains, alternately drafting the 36 remaining All-Stars through 18 rounds. Each team will consist of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards total. For sake of fairness in the draft, the captain and alternate captains for each team will consist of two forwards and one defenseman. Also, to ensure that the final draft picks are true selections and not simply predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15.

The 12 Rookies participating in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® will be divided by the NHL into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, one NHL Rookie will be selected to choose which All-Star team his group will join for the skills competition. Details on fan access to the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be announced in the coming weeks.

2011 NHL All-Star Weekend
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center.  On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center.  The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30.  Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.  Fans in Raleigh are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30.
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