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Young Gun Headed To Dallas

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

January 13, 2006

One more member of the Buffalo Sabres is headed to Dallas, TX for All-Star Weekend. Sensational sophomore Thomas Vanek will participate in the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck, on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at American Airlines Center.

Vanek is tied with co-captain Chris Drury for the team lead in goals through 44 games and stands just three scores shy of surpassing his rookie total of 25 goals.

The six-foot-two, 208-pound right-winger has been a consistent contributor to the Sabres throughout the season, averaging more than a point a game.

Vanek's 23 assists and 47 points ranks third among Sabres scorers, behind Maxim Afinogenov and Daniel Briere.

YoungStars players were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, in consultation with League General Managers.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL’s exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe.

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.

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