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Canucks' Luongo skipping All-Star Game to be with pregnant wife

VANCOUVER -- Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo said Wednesday he
will skip the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.

Luongo, voted in by fans as the starting goalie for the Western
Conference, wants to spend time with his pregnant wife, Gina, at
their offseason home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The baby is due in
April.

Luongo also received permission from Vancouver to miss the
team's first game after the All-Star break, Jan. 29 at home against
Dallas. The Canucks then travel to Florida where Luongo will join
up with the club for games Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay and Feb. 1 at
Florida.

Luongo's 263,221 votes were the most among Western Conference
goalies, ahead of the 180,381 garnered by Pascal Leclaire of
Columbus.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Western Conference reserves, chosen by the NHL's hockey
operations department along with general managers, will be
announced Thursday. The rest of the Eastern Conference roster will
be revealed Friday.