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
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
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.
Dion Phaneuf of Calgary and Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit won the
fan balloting earlier this week and will be the starting defensemen
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
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
"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.