The National Hockey League announced today that New York Rangers defenseman Tom Poti
has been selected to the represent the team at the 2003 NHL All-Star Game on February 2, 2003 at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida. He will replace teammate Brian Leetch
, who is unable to play due to an ankle injury.
Poti, 25, will be making the first NHL All-Star Game appearance of his career. He has skated in 51 matches with New York this season, registering seven goals and 31 asissts for 38 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first on the team with 38 points and is tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen. He has established new career-highs with 31 assists and 38 points.
The native of Worcester, Massachusetts was acquired by New York on March 19, 2002 from Edmonton, along with Rem Murray, in exchange for Mike York and a 2002 fourth round draft choice (Ivan Koltsov). He was originally Edmonton's fourth round selection, 59th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.