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Kaberle Named to Eastern Conference All-Star Team

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
NEW YORK  -- Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and right wing Marian Hossa from the All-Star host Atlanta Thrashers headline the list of additions to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (6 p.m., ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio).

Kovalchuk, who tallied his League-leading 36th goal Thursday against Florida and is on pace for a 65-goal season, will be making his second career All-Star Game appearance. His 61 points (36 goals, 25 assists) rank second in the NHL scoring race, two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier. Hossa, who in 2006-07 became the first player in Thrashers history to score 100 points and who ranks second on the club in scoring this season with 16-22--38 in 42 games, will play in his fourth All-Star Game.

Left wing Dany Heatley and center Jason Spezza of the Eastern Conference's top-ranked Ottawa Senators also were added, joining the third member of the NHL's highest-scoring trio, right wing Daniel Alfredsson, who was voted to the starting lineup. The three would be the first forward line from the same club to skate in an All-Star Game since the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Kevin Stevens represented the Prince of Wales Conference in 1992 at Philadelphia.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, whose 32 goals rank second in the NHL to Kovalchuk, has been selected to his second All-Star Game berth. The Russian pair were teammates at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow and the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

Heatley also will reunite with Kovalchuk; the linemates broke into the NHL with the Thrashers in 2001-02 and finished 1-2 in Calder Trophy voting, respectively, as the League's top rookies. Heatley played three seasons with Atlanta before his trade to Ottawa in August, 2005, the deal in which the Thrashers acquired Hossa.

Joining Spezza as first-time All-Stars named today are New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards.

Others named to the Eastern Conference roster: goaltender Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers; defensemen Brian Campbell of the Buffalo Sabres, Sergei Gonchar of the Penguins, Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers, and forwards Scott Gomez of the New York Rangers, Martin St. Louis of the Lightning and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.

The head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars will be the Senators' John Paddock, making his first career All-Star Game coaching appearance.

The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.

The players selected today join Alfredsson and the other five players voted by fans to the starting lineup, forwards Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Vincent Lecavalier of the Lightning, defensemen Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.

The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio's NHL Home Ice and

                (statistics through games of Jan. 10, 2008)

                                     2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
GOALTENDERS                            GP  W  L  OT    GAA
* Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils    38  23 13 2     2.11     10th
Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders      37  16 14 5     2.52     1st
Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers         39  19 17 2     2.65     2nd

                                     2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
DEFENSEMEN                             GP  G  A   Pts  Appearance
* Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens    43  11 19  30            1st
* Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins           43  6  20  26            3rd
Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres         42  4  24  28            2nd
Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins    39  7  27  34            4th
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs     44  6  21  27            3rd
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers     39  5  15  20            3rd

                                     2007-08 Statistics   All-Star
FORWARDS                               GP  G  A   Pts  Appearance
* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins   43  18 41  59            2nd
* Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning  44 28  35            63      3rd
* Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators   41  26 30  56            5th
Scott Gomez, New York Rangers          44  10 30  40            2nd
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators          42  25 30  55            3rd
Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers        42  16 22  38            4th
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers      45  36 25  61            2nd
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals     43  32 20  52            2nd
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers     41  19 28  47            1st
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning  44  17 34  51            4th
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators          36  15 37  52            1st
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes        46  23 18  41            2nd

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

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