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Gaudreau thrilled for third straight All-Star nod

The winger will participate in this year's NHL All-Star Weekend

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The NHL All-Star Weekend is old hat for Johnny Gaudreau.

The winger has participated in the event for the past two years, earning a nod as a rookie and then again last year as one of the NHL's top scorers.

But this year's event, held Jan. 28 and 29 in Los Angeles, CA, is unknown territory for the 23-year-old.

"It's going to be a little different this year, I'm not going to have Gio by my side, which always makes it fun - having another teammate there," Gaudreau told CalgaryFlames.com. "But I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to be able to spend some time with my family there and it's a nice break.

"My first year was definitely a lot of nerves. The second year was a little bit easier because I had Gio there too. But this year, it's more excitement. I'm really, really looking forward to it. It's a great city."

Mark Giordano has been an NHL All-Star for the past two years as well, getting named to his first event back in 2015 when it was held in Columbus, OH and once again last year in Nashville, TN. 

This year, the Calgary Flames captain will be able to spend a few days with his family while Gaudreau acts as the team's representative in Los Angeles.

While he admitted not having Giordano or another teammate along for the ride will be tough, he's looking forward to catching up with some of the players he got to know over the past couple of years.

"Last year I was excited to play with Brent Burns," Gaudreau said. "He's kind of a funny guy and he kept it pretty funny in the locker room. So I'm excited to see him, hopefully he's there too. 

"There's a lot of guys from last year there were a lot of fun. We got to win too, in the three-on-three tournament ... I'm really, really looking forward to it. It's just a fun weekend to be a part of."

In 33 games this season, Gaudreau has amassed 10 goals and 27 points.

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