NHL All-Star Rosters Announced

Eastern Conference
Head Coach: Lindy Ruff


Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh
Daniel Briere – Buffalo
Alexander Ovechkin – Washington

Brian Campbell – Buffalo
Sheldon Souray – Montreal

Ryan Miller – Buffalo


Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay
Vincent Lecavalier – Tampa Bay
Jason Blake – New York Islanders
Simon Gagne – Philadelphia
Dany Heatley – Ottawa
Marian Hossa – Atlanta
Brendan Shanahan – New York Rangers
Eric Staal – Carolina
Justin Williams – Carolina

Jay Bouwmeester – Florida (WHAT?!)
Zdeno Chara – Boston
Tomas Kaberle – Toronto
Brian Rafalski – New Jersey

Martin Brodeur – New Jersey
Cristobal Huet – Montreal

Western Conference
Head Coach: Randy Carlyle – Anaheim


Joe Thornton – San Jose
Jonathan Cheechoo – San Jose (Ridiculous)
Joe Sakic – Colorado

Scott Neidermayer – Anaheim
Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit

Roberto Luongo – Vancouver (pffft)


Bill Guerin – St. Louis
Martin Havlat – Chicago
Patrick Marleau – San Jose
Rick Nash – Columbus
Yanic Perrault – Phoenix
Brian Rolston – Minnesota
Teemu Selanne – Anaheim
Ryan Smith – Edmonton
Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit

Phillipe Boucher – Dallas
Dion Phaneuf – Calgary
Kimmo Timonen – Nashville
Lubomir Visnovsky – Los Angeles

Mikka Kiprusoff – Calgary
Marty Turco – Dallas

So those are the full rosters for the 55th NHL All-Star Game and the first All-Star game played since 2004. The 2005 game was swiped due to the lockout and the 2006 NHL season didn’t consist of a game due to the players participation in the Olympics.

Biggest surpises:

Jonathan Cheechoo who very much has no business being on the team much less be a starter! Havlat or Selanne are better choices for that spot but you gotta let the fans vote the starters in. Wise indeed!

Jay Bouwmeester! Geez. Drop Jason Williams and put Oli Jokinen there for the Panthers.

Yanic Perrault making the team is a solid choice despite having similar numbers to those of Cheechoo with the difference being that Perrault has come into Phoenix and taken over their number one center spot after being signed on Oct. 30th at $625,000 with no incentives. All of that despite having the reputation of being the best face-off man in the league (and for having a career best season last year with Nashville) for well over half a decade many teams were skeptical about giving him a chance and now he’s made the All-Star team. But maybe the fact that each team in the league must have a representative at the All-Star Game and the fact that Perrault is the best of a sorry bunch in Phoenix might have something to do with his selection as well? NAH!!

Where’s Chris Drury?

The NHL All-Star Game takes place January 24th…yeah, don’t bother watching.