Kaberle hoping for all-star nod

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

When the respective rosters for the eastern and western conference all-star teams are filled out tomorrow, just which Maple Leaf will be picked?

Centre Mats Sundin and defenceman Tomas Kaberle would seem to be the obvious candidates while blue liner Bryan McCabe finished in the top 10 in fan voting.

Forward Darcy Tucker was among the league leaders in power-play goals until suffering a number of hairline fissures in his left foot after being hit with a shot against the Minnesota Wild back on Dec. 26.

For Kaberle, receiving such an invitation would mark his second appearance in an all-star game.

"It's always very good to be picked," Kaberle said yesterday. "It's really good for a player. It says something about him.

"It's a good competition. I had lots of fun when I played in the game out in Los Angeles a few years ago."

The 2007 all-star game is scheduled for Jan. 24 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

GREEN DAY

It didn't take long for newcomer Travis Green to be mocked for being the eldest statesman on the Leafs, usurping Sundin for that dubious distinction.

"It's different, that's for sure," said Green, 36, who played on a line with Wade Belak and Ben Ondrus last night.

"Mats has already been joking with me about it. But I did tell him that I look younger."

HONOURING THE MILITARY

The Leafs will honour Canada's armed forces during their game against the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre. More than 100 Canadian armed forces personnel from CFB Borden, 8 Wing Trenton, HMCS York and Land Force Central Area who have served in Afghanistan have been invited to watch from the gondola. Prior to the start of the game, four Canadian armed forces personnel will rappel from the arena rafters down to centre ice.

Vice-Chief of Defence and Lieutenant-General Walter J. Natynczyk will be among those scheduled to participate in the ceremonial puck drop.


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