DALLAS STARS CENTER RIBEIRO ADDED TO
2008 WESTERN CONFERENCE NHL ALL-STAR TEAM
Zubov Forced to Miss Game with Groin Injury
FRISCO, Tex. – The National Hockey League announced today that Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro
has been added to the 2008 NHL All-Star Game and that defenseman Sergei Zubov will be forced miss the game due to a groin injury. The game will be played on Sunday, January 27 in Atlanta.
Ribeiro, 27, will be making his first NHL All-Star appearance. In 48 with the Stars this season, he has notched 22 goals and 31 assists for 53 points with a +14 rating, averaging 18:36 minutes of ice time per game. Leading Dallas in goals and points, and tying for first in assists and plus/minus, he has already set his career-high for goals in a season. He is on pace to tally 35 goals and 85 points this season.
Last season with the Stars, he tallied 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points with 22 penalty minutes, averaging 14:56 minutes of ice time per game. He ranked first on the Stars in points and third in assists. His 15 multi-point games last season ranked second on the team behind Sergei Zubov. During the 2007 playoffs, he notched three assists in seven games.
In 2005-06 with Montreal, Ribeiro appeared in 79 games with Montreal, recording 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points with 36 penalty minutes. Among team leaders, he ranked third in power play goals (8), fourth in assists and fourth in points. He also played in all six playoff games with the Canadiens in 2006, collecting two assists.
The 6-0, 175-pound center registered a solid offensive NHL season with Montreal in 2003-04 when he notched 20 goals and 45 assists for 65 points with a +15 rating in 81 games. During the ’03-04 season, Ribeiro led Montreal in points, assists, was second in game-winning goals (5), tied for second in plus/minus and in power play goals (7), and was third in goals. In 11 post-season outings with Montreal in 2004, he tallied two goals and one assist for three points with 18 penalty minutes.
Montreal’s second round draft selection (45th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ribeiro has appeared in 405 career NHL games and collected 90 goals and 175 assists for 265 points with 32 power play goals and 130 penalty minutes. The Montreal, Quebec native played in the 2001-02 NHL YoungStars game during the NHL All-Star Weekend, registering four points (1-3-4).
During two seasons (1997 – 1999) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ribeiro registered 107 goals and 185 assists for 292 points in 136 games. He led the league in ’97-98 in assists (85) and in ’98-99 in goals (67), assists (100) and points (167).