Panthers D Jay Bouwmeester
Named to 2007 COLD-fX NHL All-Star Game

SUNRISE, Fla. – The National Hockey League announced today that Panthers D Jay Bouwmeester has been selected to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2007 COLD-fX / NHL All-Star Game to be played in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The game will be televised nationally on Versus.

Bouwmeester, 23, will be making his first All-Star Game appearance. In 2003, he participated in the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game which took place at the BankAtlantic Center. Bouwmeester recorded an assist in that game.

This season, Bouwmeester has played in all 46 games, scoring 22 points (6-16-22). He ranks 10th in the NHL, averaging 25:52 minutes played per game. Last season, Bouwmeester ranked second all-time among Panthers defensemen for assists in one season with 41. He, Panthers captain Olli Jokinen and LW Martin Gelinas are the only two Panthers who have played in every game since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. Bouwmeester just recently recorded his 100th NHL point at Calgary on Jan. 4. In just three and a half seasons with the Panthers, Bouwmeester has 17 goals and 87 assists for 104 points.

The Edmonton, Alberta native was drafted in the first round, third overall by the Panthers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played three times for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, winning the Silver Medal in 2002 and Bronze Medal in 2001. Last February, Bouwmeester had the honor of representing his country in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games.

The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration hosted at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL's exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.


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