RALEIGH, NC -- The National Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes forward Sami Kapanen has been named to the World All-Star Team roster that will face-off against the North America All-Stars in the 50th NHL All-Star Game presented by Nortel Networks on Sunday, February 6 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.
Kapanen, 26, will make his first All-Star appearance in his NHL career. Kapanen earned a bronze medal while playing for Team Finland during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Drafted with the team’s fourth pick in the fourth round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (87th overall), Kapanen has totaled 29 points (16g, 13a) for the Hurricanes this season. Kapanen leads the team in goals (16), power-play goals (5), and multi-point games (9) and ranks third in points (29). He is one of only four Hurricanes to play in every game this season and has not missed a game since October 25, 1998, a span of 118 consecutive games. On January 2, 2000, Kapanen won the team’s Fastest Skater event during the FedEx/NHL Superskills Contest with a time of 13.716 seconds, the third-fastest time so far this season.
Kapanen is in his fifth season with the franchise. In his career, Kapanen has registered 185 points (84g, 101a) in 285 games.
The North American roster will be announced by the National Hockey League on Thursday, January 13, 2000.