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Shanahan selected for NHL All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan will be the team's representative at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game after being named to the Eastern Conference roster on Saturday afternoon.

Shanahan was one of 15 players added to the roster for the Jan. 24 game at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will air at 8 p.m. ET on Versus in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.

This will be Shanahan's eighth All-Star game in a career that has spanned 19 seasons. He has previously represented St. Louis, Hartford and Detroit in his All-Star appearances.

Others named to the Eastern Conference roster on Saturday include New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, making his ninth All-Star appearance, as well as five players who will make their. All-Star Game debuts: forwards Eric Staal and Justin Williams from the Stanley Cup-champion Carolina Hurricanes, goaltender Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers and forward Jason Blake of the New York Islanders.

Also on the Eastern Conference roster were: 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 and Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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

The players were selected join the six players voted by the fans to the starting lineup. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, the NHL's leading vote-getter in All-Star fan balloting, is joined by 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.

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.

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