Star power

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

It was a no-brainer, really.

For the second straight season, Calgary Roughnecks captain Tracey Kelusky was named a West Division starter for the National Lacrosse League all-star game.

Kelusky, one of the game's top offensive threats, leads the Riggers in scoring this season with 32 points in six games.

The game, which will be broadcast live on NBC and The Score, will be held at the Saddledome Feb. 26 (noon).

"You can attribute that to our team success," said the 29-year-old Kelusky of his selection. "I'm not getting the numbers I've got if we're not working as a team and if we're not playing as a team.

"A lot of my points this season have been assists and that's just guys burying the ball when they get the chance."

The NLL's all-time leading scorer, Gary Gait of the Colorado Mammoth, and the Arizona Sting's Dan Dawson were also named as starting forwards. Jim Moss of the San Jose Stealth and Colorado's Pat Coyle are the starting defenders. San Jose's Anthony Cosmo got the nod in net.

Selections were based one-third each on public voting, media voting and voting by the league's coaches and GMs.

Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall will lead the West Division squad and will choose 12 players to round out the team's roster, which will be announced Monday.

Kelusky, who was one of four Roughnecks all-stars last year, said there are at least five of his teammates deserving of a shot in this year's showcase tilt.

"You look at the season Kaleb Toth is having -- he's putting up numbers -- and Lewis Ratcliff is doing great again. Those two should go without saying," said Kelusky. "But there are other guys like Jesse Phillips and Andrew McBride and Curtis Palidwor, as well, who's not having the best year but has proved he's one of the best goalies in the league. So, there's a number of guys on our team I hope can crack the lineup and I think should crack the lineup."

Forwards John Grant Jr. (Rochester), Blaine Manning (Toronto) and John Tavares (Buffalo) were named to the East Divison team, while Andrew Turner (Rochester) and Glenn Clark (Toronto) are the defenders. Rochester's Pat O'Toole will start in net.


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