2011 NHL All-Star Roster Announced
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game is set for Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. On Tuesday, the league announced the full roster of 42 players who have been named to play in the game.
Now, things get interesting.
For the first time ever, the league is using a so-called Fantasy Draft format for the game. The top six vote-getters were announced last week, and combined with the other 36 players named Tuesday, they will elect captains to serve in the game.
Those captains will then meet Friday, Jan. 28, and pick the teams in a televised event.
Here are the 36 All-Stars named by the league, along with 12 rookies invited to take part in the SuperSkills competition on Saturday, Jan. 29. The six players voted in are denoted by asterisks.
David Backes (St. Louis), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh)*, Matt Duchene (Colorado), Patrik Elias (New Jersey), Loui Eriksson (Dallas), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Ales Hemsky (Edmonton), Jarome Iginla (Calgary), Patrick Kane (Chicago), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Phil Kessel (Toronto), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh)*, Rick Nash (Columbus), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Brad Richards (Dallas), Daniel Sedin (Vancouver), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay), Eric Staal (Carolina), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay), Jonathan Toews (Chicago)*
Dan Boyle (San Jose), Brent Burns (Minnesota), Dustin Byfuglien (Atlanta), Zdeno Chara (Boston), Tobias Enstrom (Atlanta), Mike Green (Washington), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), Duncan Keith (Chicago)*, Kris Letang (Pittsburgh)*, Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit), Marc Staal (N.Y. Rangers), Shea Weber (Nashville)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh)*, Jonas Hiller (Anaheim), Henrik Lundqvist (N.Y. Rangers), Carey Price (Montreal), Tim Thomas (Boston), Cam Ward (Carolina)
Logan Couture (San Jose), Evgeny Dadonov (Florida), Jordan Eberle (Edmonton), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Phoenix), Tyler Ennis (Buffalo), Cam Fowler (Anaheim), Michael Grabner (N.Y. Islanders), Taylor Hall (Edmonton), Tyler Seguin (Boston), Kevin Shattenkirk (Colorado), Jeff Skinner (Carolina), Derek Stepan (N.Y. Rangers)