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The Calgary Flames and team captain Jarome Iginla
would like to inform members of the media and hockey fans that he has been excused by the NHL from participation in the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend due to the health challenges of his grandmother. The NHL will announce a replacement for Jarome later this afternoon.
"It is always an honor to be a part of the NHL All Star Game but unfortunately I have to decline this year," said Iginla. "I just lost my grandfather in the spring and I have learned that my grandmother is not doing very well. With the way the season goes I don't get too many opportunities to see her, and as much as I was looking forward to being in North Carolina for the All Star Game, I just know that my mind will be elsewhere."
"My grandparents were second parents during my childhood and have been major influences on my life," continued Iginla. "I have been blessed to have them. And so after talking it over with my family I thought it best that I use the break to spend some time with her while I am still able to do so. Thank you."
Iginla has participated in five NHL All-Star Games including the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 games. Iginla has one goal and two assists along with 18 shots in five NHL All-Star games. He was named team captain for the Western Conference at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.
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 January 28th NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be televised live nationwide on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair at the Raleigh Convention Center. The 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Discovery is being held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina January 29-30, 2010.