NHL All-Star rosters revealed
|A general view before the 58th NHL All-Star Game at RBC Centre on January 30, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)
NEW YORK - The remaining 36 players for the 2012 NHL All- Star Game were announced by the league Thursday, completing the roster for the January 29 contest in Ottawa.
For the second year in a row, teams will be decided by a fantasy player draft -- to be held January 26 -- with the captains for each squad being announced next week.
The players added Thursday join the six players elected to the game by fan balloting: Forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenceman Erik Karlsson of the host Senators, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and defenceman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Forwards selected by the league were Anaheim's Corey Perry; Boston youngster Tyler Seguin; Buffalo's Jason Pominville; Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who recently became the 42nd player in NHL history with 500 goals; Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa; Jamie Benn of Dallas; Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk; Minnesota's Mikko Koivu; John Tavares of the New York Islanders; the Rangers' Marian Gaborik; Claude Giroux of Philadelphia; Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, Logan Couture of San Jose; Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos; Toronto's Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul; Henrik and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver; and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
The additional defencemen picked were Boston's Zdeno Chara; Florida's Brian Campbell; Ryan Suter and Shea Weber of Nashville; the Rangers' Dan Girardi; Kimmo Timonen of Philadelphia; Keith Yandle of Phoenix; Vancouver's Alex Edler; the Capitals' Dennis Wideman; and Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg.
Goaltenders heading to the event will be Detroit's Jimmy Howard, Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick; Montreal's Carey Price; the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Elliott of St. Louis.
In addition, 12 rookies were chosen to participate, along with the 42 All- Stars, in the skills competition, which will take place a day before the game. Comprising the greenhorns are Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (the top pick in the 2011 draft); Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, who was taken after Nugent- Hopkins; New Jersey's Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson; Buffalo's Luke Adam; Justin Faulk of Carolina; Columbus' Ryan Johansen; Craig Smith of the Predators; Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Matt Read; Vancouver's Cody Hodgson; and the Senators' Colin Greening.