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Lightning Right Wing Martin St. Louis to Join Linemate Vincent Lecavalier at 2008 NHL All-Star Game

by Erin Chenderlin / Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis has been chosen to join linemate Vincent Lecavalier in representing the Eastern Conference at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.

The game will be held at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 27 and will be St. Louis' fourth All-Star appearance, the most in Lightning history. He played in the 2003 game and was voted into the starting lineup by the fans in 2004. St. Louis also played in last year's match-up in Dallas, TX, where he notched the first All-Star goal in Lightning history.

St. Louis had a career season in 2006-07, scoring 43 goals while recording 59 assists for 102 points. His 59 assists were the most in Lightning history by a right wing. This season, St. Louis is second in scoring on the Lightning with 51 points (17g, 34a). He played his 500th game with Tampa Bay on Jan. 8, ranking him fourth all-time for games played in franchise history.

The two Tampa Bay representatives are in elite company on the Eastern Conference team. The starting lineup is set with Lecavalier, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson up front and Montreal's Andrei Markov and Boston's Zdeno Chara on the blue line. Making his 10th appearance in an All-Star Game will be New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in goal.

The Eastern Conference team will be coached by the Senators' John Paddock in his first All-Star coaching appearance. The following players have been added to the Eastern Conference roster:

RW Marian Hossa, Atlanta
LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta
C Eric Staal, Carolina
C Scott Gomez, New York Rangers
LW Dany Heatley, Ottawa
C Jason Spezza, Ottawa
C Mike Richards, Philadelphia
RW Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington
D Brian Campbell, Buffalo
D Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
D Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh
D Tomas Kaberle, Toronto 
G Tomas Vokoun, Florida
G Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders

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