Thursday, January 8, 2009

Reserves added to full 2009 All-Star rosters

Over the past 24 hours, the National Hockey League filled out its complete rosters for the Western Conference and Eastern Conference All-Star teams.

For those of you that were upset that Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin was not selected by the fans to be a starting forward, fear no more. It would have been an outrage had he not been chosen as one of the reserves for the East squard.

Here are your full rosters for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montréal on January 25th. All the reserves are shown on each list with the starters indicated with a red asterisk.

Jeff Carter, C; Philadelphia
*Sidney Crosby, C; Pittsburgh
Vincent Lacavalier, C; Tampa Bay
*Evgeni Malkin, C; Pittsburgh
Marc Savard, C; Boston
Eric Staal, C; Carolina
Dany Heatley, LW; Ottawa
Ilya Kovalchuk, LW; Atlanta
Alexander Ovechkin, LW; Washington
Zach Parise, LW; New Jersey
Thomas Vanek, LW; Buffalo
*Alexei Kovalev, RW; Montréal
Jay Bouwmeester, D; Florida
Zdeno Chara, D; Boston
Tomas Kaberle, D; Toronto
*Mike Komisarek, D; Montréal
*Andrei Markov, D; Montréal
Mark Streit, D; New York Islanders
Henrik Lundqvist, G; New York Rangers
*Carey Price, G; Montréal
Tim Thomas, G; Boston

Pavel Datsyuk, C; Detroit
*Ryan Getzlaf, C; Anaheim
Mike Modano, C; Dallas
Joe Thornton, C; San Jose
Keith Tkachuk, C; St. Louis
*Jonathan Toews, C; Chicago
Dustin Brown, LW; Los Angeles
Rick Nash, LW; Columbus
Shane Doan, RW; Phoenix
Milan Hejduk, RW; Colorado
Jarome Iginla, RW; Calgary
*Patrick Kane, RW; Chicago
Dan Boyle, D; San Jose
*Brian Campbell, D; Chicago
Nicklas Lidstrom, D; Detroit
*Scott Niedermayer, D; Anaheim
Sheldon Souray, D; Edmonton
Shea Weber, D; Nashville
Niklas Backstrom, G; Minnesota
*Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G; Anaheim
Roberto Luongo, G; Vancouver

At least one player from each of the 30 NHL teams will be heading to the All-Star Game. Some of them are participating for the first time in their careers.

In the East, Jeff Carter as the lone representative of the Philadelphia Flyers and Thomas Vanek doing the same for the Buffalo Sabres.

Over the years, a constant as far as the All-Star face of New Jersey Devils is concerned, you'd likely think of goaltender Martin Brodeur, right? Had he been healthy, it is possible he would've been that guy once again. But since he has been sidelined following a November 1st elbow injury, another Devil has really made a name for himself around the league. Zach Parise got the call to go to Montréal for his first All-Star Game.

Tied for the NHL lead in point scoring among defensemen, Mark Streit makes history as the first player from Switzerland to play in the All-Star Game. The New York Islanders defenseman has 32 points on the season (with 20 from power plays).

Even though he is a three-time reigning Vezina Trophy finalist, Henrik Lundqvist is an All-Star for only the first time as well and will represent the New York Rangers.

Out West, the youngest captain in Los Angeles Kings history will be a first-time All-Star. Dustin Brown is also the first American-born captain to be in that role.

After spending the previous six seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, defenseman Dan Boyle makes his All-Star debut as one of two San Jose Sharks players selected to take part. Boyle is enjoying a great first season with the league's best team with 32 points in 38 games.

Niklas Backstrom will be the only player to represent the Minnesota Wild at this season's All-Star Game and his selection comes on the heels of two very fine performances. His back-to-back shutouts over the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins this week only put a rubber stamp on the All-Star qualifications in which he is fourth in the NHL in wins with 19.

The All-Star reserves were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department after consulting with the 30 general managers around the league.

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