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A Surprising Piece Of News...

by Jaime Sifers / Toronto Maple Leafs
Video : Jaime Speaks With Andi Petrillo About His All Star Selection

Getting prepared for a workout before the Florida Panthers game, I ran into Marlies GM Jeff Jackson and was informed that I've been chosen to represent Planet USA for the American League All Star game.

At first I thought he was kidding and that I was apart of a funny joke some of the guys had planned out. Turns out he was completely serious. I was immediately consumed with shock and excitement and didn't really know what to think. I always thought your prototypical offensive defencemen (those who get tons of points) were usually chosen for events like this. But I guess not!

Nevertheless, this is truly a tremendous honour and one that I'll remember forever. Obviously I would prefer to stay up with the Maple Leafs as long as I can, but if I'm sent down and playing with the Marlies during the time of the All Star Game I will definitely be participating.

Again, receiving this news has made me very happy. I never would have guessed at the start of this season I would have been wearing a Maple Leaf sweater and selected to the Planet USA All Star team.

You can say that the first half of the season has brought many positives to my hockey career. This will only motivate me more to continue working hard, becoming a better player everyday and contributing to the Maple Leafs.

Thanks again for reading and I'll be talking with you soon....Happy New Year!

All the best,
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