Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos have been selected to represent the team at the NHL All-Star Weekend, to be held at Raleigh, North Carolina’s RBC Center, which kicks off on Friday, January 28 with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.
For St. Louis, it will be his franchise-record sixth appearance in the game, and his sixth consecutive appearance. He was also selected as a starter in 2003-04. St. Louis has played in all 43 games with the Lightning this season, recording 18 goals, 53 points, two power play goals and five game-winners. He ranks second in the NHL in assists, road assists with 21, power-play assists with 21, and tied for second for home assists with 29. St. Louis ranks fifth overall in points.
“I am proud to be selected to the all-star game this year and would like to thank my teammates,” St. Louis said. “I have always had an outstanding time at the event with my family and hope to do the same this season. It is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers and I’m looking forward to heading to Raleigh.”
Stamkos, who also represented the Lightning in the 2008-09 NHL YoungStars Game, will be making his first career all-star appearance in Raleigh. Last year’s co-Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner as the NHL’s top goal-scorer, Stamkos has posted 31 goals, 13 power-play goals, six game-winning goals and 57 points in 43 games this season. He currently ranks second in the NHL for goals and points while also being tied for the league lead for game-winning goals. Stamkos also leads the NHL in power play goals and is second for power-play points.
“I’m extremely excited to be selected to participate in the all-star game,” Stamkos said. “I would really like to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me achieve this honor. I’m excited to be joining Marty and I am looking forward to the experience.”
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, January 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft and televised live nationwide on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center. On Saturday, January 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center on Sunday, January 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS with the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.