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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

(PRESS RELEASE: Malkin, Staal, Whitney named to YoungStars team.)

Pittsburgh Penguins 19-year-old superstar Sidney Crosby heads the Eastern Conference team for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas at 8 p.m.

Crosby, the top vote-getter in NHL All-Star fan balloting, and five others - forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Ryan Miller, defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Daniel Briere from the Buffalo Sabres, and defenseman Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens - were voted in as starters for the Eastern Conference.

They will be joined by goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, defensemen Brian Rafalski of the Devils, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs plus forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators, Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers.

The head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars is the Sabres' Lindy Ruff, making his second career All-Star Game appearance. Ruff's assistant is Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley.

Right wing Teemu Selanne, the leading scorer on the top-ranked Anaheim Ducks (30-9-7), heads the list of 15 additions to the Western Conference roster.

Selanne will be playing in his 10th career All-Star Game, second among Western Conference players to starting forward Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, who will be making his 12th career appearance. Selanne earned MVP honors in the 1998 All-Star Game at Vancouver, becoming the first European player to register a hat trick in All-Star competition.

The 36-year-old Helsinki, Finland native is enjoying one of the finest of his 14 NHL seasons, posting 57 points (28 goals, 29 assists) in 46 games. He leads the League in power-play goals (15) and game-winning goals (seven), is tied for the lead in goals (28) and tied for fifth in plus-minus (+21). He tallied his 19th career hat trick in a 5-1 win victory at Dallas Jan. 11 and became the 36th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal milestone on Nov. 22 at Colorado.

elected from the All-Star host Dallas Stars were goaltender Marty Turco, who will be appearing in his third All-Star Game, and defenseman Philippe Boucher, a first-time selection.

Eight other players added to the Western Conference roster will be making their All-Star Game debut: goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky of the Los Angeles Kings, and forwards Martin Havlat of the Chicago Blackhawks, Yanic Perreault of the Phoenix Coyotes, Brian Rolston of the Minnesota Wild, Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings.

Others named to the Western Conference roster were: defenseman Kimmo Timonen of the Nashville Predators and forwards Bill Guerin of the St. Louis Blues, Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The players selected today join Sakic and five other players voted by fans to the starting lineup, forwards Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo of the Sharks, defensemen Scott Niedermayer of the Ducks and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings, and goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.

The head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars will be the Ducks' Randy Carlyle, making his first career All-Star Game coaching appearance. Carlyle's assistant is Predators head coach Barry Trotz.

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


(statistics through games of Jan. 12, 2007)


* Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens


* Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres

* Sheldon Souray, Montreal Canadiens

Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs

Brian Rafalski, New Jersey Devils


* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

* Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

* Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres

Jason Blake, New York Islanders

Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers

Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators

Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

Brendan Shanahan, New York Rangers

Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes

Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes

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

Head Coach: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres(making second All-Star Game coaching appearance, both as head coach)

Assistant Coach: Bob Hartley, Atlanta Thrashers(making second All-Star Game coaching appearance, both as assistant)

2007 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER (statistics through games of Jan. 12, 2007)


* Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars


* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks

* Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Philippe Boucher, Dallas Stars

Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames

Kimmo Timonen, Nashville Predators

Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles Kings


* Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

* Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche

* Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks

Bill Guerin, St. Louis Blues

Martin Havlat, Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets

Yanic Perreault, Phoenix Coyotes

Brian Rolston, Minnesota Wild

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers

Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

* voted by fans to the Western Conference All-Star Team's starting lineup

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks(making first All-Star Game coaching appearance)

Assistant Coach: Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators(making first All-Star Game coaching appearance)


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