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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Will Represent Isles on East All-Stars

Left wing Jason Blake will represent the Islanders at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, TX on January 24 at the American Airlines Center. This will be Blake's first appearance in the All-Star Game. Blake is having a career-season recording a team-leading 23 goals with 18 assists for 41 points while leading the team in scoring. He is tied for ninth in the league in goals scored and is tied for fifth in power play goals.

"This is definitely one of the highlights of my career," said Blake. "Being able to be a part of the whole event is exciting and something I'm really looking forward to. It's always been one of my goals to play in this game and I can't wait for the opportunity to skate with some of the best players in the league."

Added Islanders head coach Ted Nolan: "Jason has been the heart-and-soul of our team this year and there is no one better to represent us in Dallas. Everyone in our organization is happy and trilled for Jason because he deserves to go. I can't wait to see him play on such a big stage."

The 33-year-old Moorhead, MN native is in his eighth NHL season and sixth with the Islanders. He was acquired from Los Angeles for a 2002 fifth-round draft pick on January 3, 2001. Blake represented the United States at the 2000 World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

In 469 NHL games, Blake has scored 117 goals with 141 assists for 258 points. Below is roster of both All-Star Teams.

* Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils        
Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens       

* Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres
* Sheldon Souray, Montreal Canadiens
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers       
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins     
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs    
Brian Rafalski, New Jersey Devils

* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins   
* Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals   
* Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres

Jason Blake, New York Islanders
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators 
Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning   
Brendan Shanahan, New York Rangers  
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes  
Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes       

* voted by fans to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team's starting lineup

Head Coach: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
Assistant Coach: Bob Hartley, Atlanta Thrashers

* Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
Marty Turco, Dallas Stars

* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks    
* Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
Philippe Boucher, Dallas Stars
Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames  
Kimmo Timonen, Nashville Predators
Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles Kings

* Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
* Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche          
* Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks
Bill Guerin, St. Louis Blues        
Martin Havlat, Chicago Blackhawks        
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks          
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets        
Yanic Perreault, Phoenix Coyotes         
Brian Rolston, Minnesota Wild  
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers  
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

* voted by fans to the Western Conference All-Star Team's starting lineup

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks
Assistant Coach: Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators

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