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Ulmer: Tees Up The All-Star Game

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Tomas Kaberle is coming to be known as a solo threat.

For the second year in a row, the Maple Leafs defenceman will be the club’s sole representative at the mid-season All-Star Game, scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m. in Atlanta.

Kaberle also represented the Leafs with Mats Sundin in 2002. He has one assist to show for his two games.

Kaberle will be surrounded by a slew of stars. His Eastern Conference team will be captained by Tampa Bay superstar Vincent Lecavalier and will include the Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Atlanta gunner Ilya Kovalchuk and Boston kingpin Zdeno Chara.

The All-Star weekend will include live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL Superskills event from 7-9 p.m. Saturday as well as the All-Star game. The game and skills challenge will be broadcast to 115 countries and territories in Europe.CBC and RDS will air the event in Canada. Versus will provide coverage in the United States and radio coverage will be provided by XM Satellite Radio’s NHL Home Ice service. will also cover the event.

This year the Superskills Event includes an element of showmanship. Celebrity judges, including longtime NBA great Dominique Wilkins, will judge each breakaway attempt for creativity and ability to score in the breakaway challenge.

Other events include the obstacle course relay, fastest skater, elimination shootout, YoungStars Game, accuracy shooting and hardest shot.

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