|Zetterberg has 17 goals this season, one show of team-leader Dan Cleary. This will be Zetterberg's first all-star appearance. |
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 for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
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.
Selected 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, Los Angeles; and forwards Martin Havlat, Chicago, Yanic Perreault, Phoenix, Brian Rolston, Minnesota, Ryan Smyth, Edmonton, and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg
Others named to the Western Conference roster are, defenseman Kimmo Timonen, Nashville; forwards Bill Guerin, St. Louis, Patrick Marleau, San Jose, and Rick Nash, Columbus.
The roster additions were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.
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 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 24 on VERSUS and CBC.
NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.