All Western Conference teams represented, with Osgood as 4th Red Wing
All-Star West Reserves
The West reserves, including Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, were selected by the league's hockey operations department, with input from the teams' general managers. The East reserves will be announced Friday.
Pronger, in his second season with the Ducks, will be making his fifth All-Star appearance -- first since 2004. He will be joined on defense by Phoenix's Ed Jovanovski, also an All-Star for the fifth time.
Getzlaf is set to make his All-Star debut at the Jan. 27 game in Atlanta. The third-year center leads the Ducks with 48 points, enough to impress the NHL's hockey operations department that made the picks after consultation with the league's general managers.
"It's exciting," said Getzlaf, who had a team-high 17 points during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup title last season. "It was something that I looked forward to and hoped I would be a part of this year."
The rest of the Eastern Conference team will be announced Friday.
Chicago's Duncan Keith also was picked for his first All-Star game in his third season, and fellow defenseman Sergei Zubov of Dallas is going to the midseason showcase for the fourth time after not being chosen since 2000.
Keith was the Blackhawks' only representative, getting the nod over rookie teammates Patrick Kane, who has 39 points, and injured forward Jonathan Toews (32 points). Toews likely wouldn't have been able to play because of a sprained left knee.
NHL All-Star Starters
Starters, as voted by fans, for the NHL All-Star Game to be played Jan. 27 in Atlanta:
The Red Wings, who also placed forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk into the starting lineup, got a fourth player onto the team when Chris Osgood was chosen Thursday. Osgood was an All-Star in 1996 during his first stint with Detroit.
Despite splitting time with Dominik Hasek, the 35-year-old Osgood posted a 19-2-1 record with an NHL-low 1.68 goals-against average in his first 23 games this season, heading into Thursday night's home matchup with Minnesota.
St. Louis' Manny Legace, who this week set the Blues' consecutive streak without allowing a goal, became a first-time All-Star in his ninth NHL season. Evgeni Nabokov of San Jose was selected for a second time, seven years after the first.
Nabokov has played in all 41 games for the Sharks, the exact midpoint of their schedule. His 23 wins lead the NHL.
West coach Mike Babcock will have to choose a starter in goal because elected winner Roberto Luongo of Vancouver opted out of the game on Wednesday to spend time with his pregnant wife, Gina, at their offseason home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The baby is due in April.
Even with Luongo's absence, there wasn't room for Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire, fourth in the NHL with a 1.97 goals-against average and tops with seven shutouts in 28 games.
On the forward lines, Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff, Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar, Henrik Sedin of Vancouver, and Paul Stastny of Colorado, all will make their first All-Star appearances. Each of the 15 West teams is represented.
Stastny's father Peter was a six-time NHL All-Star, making them the seventh father-son tandem to be selected. The news didn't immediately reached the elder Stastny in Europe.
"He's probably sleeping," Paul said. "I'm sure he'll be excited for me. He's always more excited than I am."
Getzlaf, Kopitar and Stastny are all under 23. Eight of the 12 elected starters are also first-time All-Stars, including forwards Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Calgary's Jarome Iginla.
"I never expect too much. I just try to go out there and be the best I can be," said Stastny, in his second NHL season. "It's surprised me a little bit how quickly I've transitioned to the game.
"It's always exciting when it's the first time for anything. Hopefully, I can soak it up and enjoy it as much as I can."
Joe Thornton, now in his third season with San Jose, is an All-Star for the fifth time. Fellow forward Rick Nash will represent the Columbus Blue Jackets in his third appearance, and Jason Arnott of Nashville and Minnesota's Marian Gaborik are both going for the second time.
Arnott made his All-Star debut back in 1997 during his fourth NHL season as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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