FINNISH WINGER PICKED TO REPRESENT WORLD TEAM
RALEIGH, NC (January 16, 2002) - The National Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sami Kapanen has been selected to the World Team for the 2002 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Feb. 2. It marks Kapanen’s second trip to the All-Star Game. He also represented the World Team in the 2000 All-Star Game in Toronto.
Through games of Jan. 15, Kapanen is ranked fourth in the NHL in scoring with 47 points (19g, 28a). The Vantae, Finland native is tied for seventh in the league in assists (28) and has 25 points (8g, 17a) in the last 23 games. He recorded his third career hat trick Nov. 27 at Toronto.
Kapanen, 28, will play in his third Olympic Games this February in Salt Lake City. Kapanen earned bronze medals with Finland in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics. He was the tournament’s leading goal scorer (seven goals) at the 2001 World Championships in Germany, leading Finland to a silver medal.
Kapanen won the fastest skater contest at the 2000 All-Star Game SuperSkills competition in Toronto with a time of 13.649 seconds.