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Oilers' Hemsky selected to All-stars

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

DALLAS — Surprisingly it will be Ales Hemsky’s first All-star game.

And to the Edmonton Oilers winger, it came as a surprise.

“It’s definitely and honour to go to the All-star game and experience it for the first time,” Hemsky said. “It’ll be fun, even though I don’t know how I got there.”

Hemsky, 27, had nine goals and 15 assists in 27 games for the Oilers heading into their contest against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He missed 13 games this year with a groin injury.

“I wasn’t thinking about it, I wasn’t expecting it,” said Hemsky. “I think there are a lot of good players in the league that could be there, but aren’t there. I’m glad I was selected, and I’m going to have fun and enjoy my time there.”

Hemsky was one of 42 players selected to take part in the game, Jan. 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall were also selected to take part in the rookie skills competition during the weekend.

This year’s format calls for the players to select two captains who will then draft their respective teams.

The Oilers opponents on Tuesday had a pair of players in Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson who were also selected to take part in the game.

“If Loui doesn’t vote for me to be a captain, I’ll make sure he gets picked last,” joked Richards following the morning skate.

“There are going to be a lot of good players there,” Hemsky said. “I think (Nicklas) Lidstrom is a pretty good candidate to be a captain.”

Hemsky was planning a trip to Los Vegas during the All-star weekend. He had to cancel his plans once told about his selection Tuesday morning.

“I have to cancel that trip right away,” he said. “I was planning on going there with my girlfriend.”

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