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Western Conference All-Star Team Announced

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
SHARKS, RED WINGS LEAD WESTERN CONFERENCE ADDITIONS TO 2009 NHL ALL-STAR GAME IN MONTREAL

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2009) -- Two players each from the League-leading San Jose Sharks and Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings headline the 15 players named today to the Western Conference roster for the 57th NHL All-Star Game, Sunday, Jan. 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal (6 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, VERSUS, NHL Radio).

The Sharks, who own the NHL's best record at 29-5-5, will send center Joe Thornton for his sixth consecutive All-Star Game appearance and defenseman Dan Boyle, who will make his All-Star debut. The Red Wings (27-7-5) rank second to San Jose in the Western Conference and will be represented by defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who will play in his 10th consecutive and 11th career All-Star Game, and center Pavel Datsyuk, set to make his third career trip to the All-Star celebration.

Western Conference roster additions making their first All-Star Game appearance in addition to Boyle are goaltender Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and left wing Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.

Joining Backstrom in the Western Conference goal is Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, who will play in his third career All-Star Game. The event will mark a homecoming for Luongo, who was born and played minor hockey in Montreal.

Another player named to the West roster today with connections to the All-Star host city is Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray, who played seven seasons on the Montreal Canadiens blueline and represented the club in two All-Star Games.

Other Western Conference forwards selected include Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash, who set an All-Star Game record by scoring 12 seconds into last year's contest in Atlanta and went on to tally a hat trick in the 8-7 loss to the East. This year's high-scoring West attack is rounded out by Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche right wing Milan Hejduk, Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk.

The players selected today join six players voted by fans to the starting lineup: defenseman Brian Campbell and forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks, and defenseman Scott Niedermayer, forward Ryan Getzlaf and goaltender J.S. Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks.

The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers. The full Eastern Conference All-Star roster will be announced tomorrow.

The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens’ Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the “Best of XM” programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.

2009 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER
(statistics through games of Jan. 6, 2009)

GOALTENDERS
GP
W
L
OT
GAA
App

* J.S. Giguere, Anaheim Ducks

26
11
9
4
2.96
1st

Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild

33
19
12
2
2.14
1st

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

19
11
5
2
2.17
3rd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DEFENSEMEN
GP
G
A
Pts
App
 

* Brian Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks

37
6
22
28
3rd
 

* Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks

41
5
19
24
5th
 

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

37
5
22
27
11th
 

Sheldon Souray, Edmonton Oilers

37
12
16
28
3rd
 

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

39
12
16
28
1st
 

Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

38
12
20
32
1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FORWARDS
GP
G
A
Pts
App  

* Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

35
16
25
41
1st
 

* Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

37
11
21
32
1st
 

* Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

40
15
31
46
2nd
 

Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

40
18
28
46
5th
 

Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche

40
13
16
29
3rd
 

Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets

40
17
22
39
4th
 

Mike Modano, Dallas Stars

38
13
13
26
7th
 

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

39
17
28
45
3rd
 

Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

39
13
13
26
1st
 

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes

41
18
20
38
2nd
 

Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues

39
14
13
27
5th
 

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

39
9
37
46
6th
 

* players voted to the starting lineup in XM NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports



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