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York to Replace Lindros in NHL All-Star Game

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


NEW YORK - Rangers forward Mike York and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, who will represent the United States at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, have been added to the North America All-Star Team roster for the 52nd NHL All-Star Game presented by Nextel, Saturday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center (3:00 PM ET - ABC, CBC, SRC), the National Hockey League announced.

York replaces Rangers linemate Eric Lindros, who suffered a knee injury Monday against Tampa Bay. In his third NHL season, York will be making his All-Star Game debut. He ranks second on the Rangers in scoring with 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games and is tied for the club lead with five game-winning goals. A native of Waterford, Mich., and a four-year collegiate hockey standout at Michigan State, York posted a single-game career high with five points (two goals, three assists) in an 8-4 victory against Boston, Jan. 23.

Chelios replaces New Jersey Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski, who has a sprained knee. In his 19th NHL season, Chelios will be making his 11th career All-Star Game appearance, the most of any player on the North America and World All-Star rosters. The Chicago native has appeared in each of Detroit's 53 games this season, posting 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and has the League's best plus-minus rating (+32).

York and Chelios join two other members of Team USA -- Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch and Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick -- on the North America All-Star roster.

The All-Star Game, centerpiece of NHL All-Star Weekend presented by Nextel, features the top NHL players from North America taking on the League's best from the rest of the world. The ABC television network will broadcast the game in the United States, while CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and La Soirée Du Hockey (SRC) will show the competition in Canada. The game also will be seen in more than 170 countries worldwide through a television feed produced by NHL International.

All-Star Weekend kicks off with NHL All-Star Friday presented by Nextel, February 1 at 9:00 PM ET, featuring the inaugural Topps/NHL YoungStars Game and the Dodge/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition. ESPN will telecast live coverage of NHL All-Star Friday in the United States (9:00 PM ET), while in Canada, CBC will show the competition on tape as part of Labatt All-Star Friday Night (11:00 PM, local). SRC will broadcast the Dodge/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition (10:00 PM ET).
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