Northwest Star Power
Sitting as the number one team in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks are also leading the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star selection with most players from the West to play in Ottawa on January 29th.
The NHL has announced the final 2012 All-Star list including 36 veterans and 12 rookies – with four of the Canucks’ best – forwards Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, defenseman Alexander Edler, and rookie forward Cody Hodgson.
Four Canuck All-Stars does not come as a surprise with the team currently sitting in the number two spot in the league (27-14-3) with 57 points, just under the New York Rangers (who have goaltender Hendrik Lundqvist, defenseman Dan Girardi and forward Marian Gaborik representing).
With 11 goals, 39 assists and 50 points, Henrik Sedin continues to sit in first place for most assists and points in the league – a likely contender for his second awarding of the Hart Memorial Trophy this season, and an obvious All-Star choice.
Brother and fellow top-league scorer Daniel Sedin is another deserving Canuck. Last year’s regular season lead scorer and winner of the Art Ross trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, the twins always come as a package deal.
Fellow Swede Edler has been a leading defensive scorer and key player for the Canucks coming off of back injuries and broken fingers last season. This will be his first All-Star game.
Finally our rookie Cody Hodgson, offered the least amount of ice time compared to most rookies in the NHL, continues to produce no matter what line he’s on. Hodgson was one of a dozen rookies selected to participate in the All-Star Skills Competition on January 28th as well.
Six NHL players were selected by the fans to play – goalie Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, and the Ottawa Senator’s Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Rookie Colin Greening also made the roster, giving Ottawa the highest player representation with five to participate on home ice.
Of the Stanley Cup champions, defenseman Zedno Chara and forward Tyler Seguin were selected. Toronto’s top scorers Phil Kessel and Joffery Lupul will join Phaneuf to represent the Leafs.
Five players from the 2010 championship Chicago Blackhawks team were called up, including the Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien, Panthers’ Brian Campbell and current Blackhawks forwards Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Top scorers in the league like the Lightning’s good old Markham boy Steven Stamkos, the Flyers’ Claude Giroux and the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin will also play in the nation’s capital. Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals captain, will also play in his now fifth All-Star game.
The final four spots were given to Calgary Flames’ captain Jerome Iginla, Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane, New York Islanders centre John Tavares, and Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson, all sole representatives from their club but stars that deserve recognition.
After team captains are selected, a 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft will be held on January 26th to select team rosters.
Here’s the complete list of players by position:
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils
Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks
Are we excited Canucks fans to watch the 2012 version of the All Star Game? Who would you like to see play side by side, or head to head?