spoke to the media moments ago to confirm that he has been selected to appear in the NHL All-Star game on Jan. 29-30 in Raleigh, N.C.
Briere joins head coach Peter Laviolette and Claude Giroux
as representatives of the Flyers.
"I think it's pretty cool for me and Claude to go," said Briere. "But I've said it all along with the season we've been having, not just me or Claude, there's lots of guys that deserve to go. It's a pretty big honor."
Currently, Briere leads the Flyers in both goals (24, T-6th in the NHL) and points (41) through 43 games. He is tied for the team lead in game-winning-goals (5, T-5th in the NHL), while his plus-minus rating this season is a plus-16.
This will be Briere's second trip to the NHL All-Star game. He first appeared in 2007 when the event was hosted in Dallas, Texas. Briere was named the game's MVP after he posted one goal and four assists for five points.
Perhaps the biggest reason Briere admitted he was very excited to participate is not for his own self, but for his three kids.
"The one thing I can tell you is that I'm really excited to have the chance to take my kids. They're at the age where it's the prime age for these types of things."
Briere replaces Calgary Flames captain Jerome Iginla, who has pulled out because of family reasons.
The National Hockey League selected the remaining 36 All-Stars on Tuesday, and Claude Giroux
has been chosen to represent the Flyers in Raleigh, N.C.
"Obviously, it is pretty exciting and should be a really good experience," said Giroux when hearing the good news. "I really don't know what to say. I never thought I'd be able to accomplish this but it is exciting. Hopefully I can perform well."
Giroux, who turns 23 today, will be taking part in his first NHL All-Star game. He enters tonight’s game at Buffalo ranked second on the Flyers roster in scoring with 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points in 41 games. He leads the Flyers with six power-play goals, and is among four players tied for the league lead with three shorthanded goals.
|Giroux has quickly become a fan favorite among Flyers fans and will now get to showcase his skills with the NHL's elite. |
A native of Hearst, Ontario, Giroux was drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 167 career NHL games, Giroux has scored 41 goals and added 69 assists for 110 points.
During the 2008-09 season, Giroux was selected to play in the American Hockey League’s All-Star Classic after playing the first half of the season with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, but was with the Flyers when the game was played and did not participate.
Giroux will join Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, who will co-coach one of the teams, in representing the Flyers at the event.
A. PHANTOMS ALL-STAR
The NHL wasn't the only League who announced their All-Star rosters today. Flyers' defensive prospect Erik Gustafsson was named to the Eastern Conference Team in the AHL All-Star Classic to be held in Hershey, Pa.
The 22-year-old Gustafsson was signed by the Flyers as a free agent on March 3, 2010 and received his first call up to the Flyers on Dec. 29, but did not play.
He currently leads the Phantoms with 27 points and 23 assists. He is first among all AHL rookies in assists (23) and is second for all AHL defensemen. His 15 power-play assists place him fourth in the league among all players and first among rookies and blueliners.
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Below (and attached PDF) is a list of the 2011 NHL All-Stars:
REMAINING 36 ALL-STAR PLAYERS
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
THE 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 Shark