Hall best in the West

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks' current four-game winning streak did more than vault them to the top of the National Lacrosse League's West Division.

It also earned coach Chris Hall the honour of coaching the West Division squad at this year's all-star game which will be held at the 'Dome Feb. 26 (noon, NBC, The Score).

"It's a real honour and a privilege," said Hall, who was named to the spot yesterday.

"I obviously am looking forward to it. It's going to be a great experience. But we have other business at hand over the next couple of weeks and that's my priority right now."

The league planned to name the head coach for the West and East teams following this weekend's games.

However, Calgary plays Friday night (5:30 p.m., Ch. 27) against the Toronto Rock and even if they lose and the 3-3 Arizona Sting win, Calgary owns the tiebreaker after beating Arizona. The 3-3 San Jose Stealth don't play this weekend.

Voting for the West and East starters (three forwards, two defenders and a goalie) ends at 3 p.m. today (you can vote at NLL.com) and the league will announce them tomorrow.

Hall, along with his assistant coach -- either Arizona's Bob Hamley or San Jose's Johnny Mouridian, will fill out the 18-man roster. Hall admits not looking like a homer will be tough.

"I do think it will be a difficult task because there are so many good players and there are always going to be people who think someone should be there and someone else shouldn't," said Hall, who led Calgary to its first NLL championship last season. "I'll make sure I get feedback from the other coaches and talk to them but certainly there are a number of players on the Roughnecks who are going to get consideration because we've played as well as we have so far."


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