Kaberle gets all-star nod

LANCE HORNBY, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

For the first time since 1991-92, a defenceman will be the lone representative for the Maple Leafs at the National Hockey League all-star game.

Tomas Kaberle, who entered last night tied for third in scoring among league defencemen with 37 points, was named yesterday to final roster for the Eastern Conference for the Jan. 24 game in Dallas. Kaberle ranks second in team scoring to captain Mats Sundin.

"Anyone on this team could have been picked, so this is an honour for me," Kaberle said. "I've been there once before (an assist in 2002). It's going to be a good time playing with those guys there. Hopefully we'll score lots of goals, so I'm looking forward to it."

Dave Ellett was the last Toronto defenceman to be its sole nominee. Fans vote for the 12 starters in the game and NHL hockey operations chose the rest with help from league general managers

Winger Alex Steen will represent the Leafs in the Young Stars game in Dallas.

Phoenix Coyotes centre and ex-Leaf Yanic Perreault, who didn't have a team when the season started, was selected for the Western Conference. He had 14 goals and 11 assists in 31 games before last night.

Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks will be playing in his 10th all-star game, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils his ninth.


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