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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
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Stamkos selected as Lightning's lone All-Star

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will be on his own, so to speak, at this year's NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29. Stamkos, the league's leading scorer, was chosen as the lone Lightning player on Thursday as one of the 36 players named to participate in All-Star weekend. This is the second consecutive season in which Stamkos has been named to the All-Star team and the third time in four seasons he will participate in All-Star weekend. The 21-year-old participated in the YoungStars game in 2009 while there was no All-Star Game in 2010 due to the league's participation in the Winter Olympics. "It's an honor," Stamkos said before Thursday's game. "Last year was an unbelievable experience being my first All-Star game, and then the experience in Montreal (2009) being a rookie there. Now this being the second one, it's just as special. It's nice to go there once but you want to go there every single year, and I'm really looking forward to it."
Stamkos entered Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes leading the league with 29 goals – five more than New York Rangers' winger Marian Gaborik – and is tied for fourth overall with 47 points. Stamkos has scored goals in six of the past seven games, including a hat trick against Carolina on New Year's Eve, to race into the lead in goals. This is the first time since the 2001-02 All-Star Game in which the Lightning will not have at least two players participating in the event (Nikolai Khabibulin). It will also be the first time since then that neither Marty St. Louis (alternate captain last season) nor Vinny Lecavalier (captain in 2008) were named to the All-Star Game. Fan votes determined the top six players – three forwards, two defenseman and one goaltender – while the league's hockey operations decided the remaining 36 players along with 12 rookies. The top six were Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, who led all vote-getters, and forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza, along with Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston goalie Tim Thomas. After captains and alternate captains are named, the rosters will be picked at the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Jan. 26. Here are the 36 additional All-Stars and 12 rookies who will participate in All-Star weekend: Forwards 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 Defensemen 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 Goaltenders Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues Rookies 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