JANUARY 13, 2007
DEVILS' BRODEUR HEADLINES ADDITIONS TO EASTERN CONFERENCE ROSTER FOR 2007 NHL ALL-STAR GAME

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2007) -- Veteran All-Star goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils heads the list of 15 players added to the Eastern Conference roster for the 2007 NHL All-Star Game, Wednesday, Jan. 24 at American Airlines Center in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio).

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Brodeur will be making his ninth career All-Star Game appearance, fourth on the all-time goaltenders list behind Glenn Hall (13), Terry Sawchuk (11) and Patrick Roy (11). Entering the contest with a 3-1 record in his eight All-Star Game appearances, Brodeur could match Hall's record total of four career victories.

The 34-year-old Montreal native is enjoying another superb season, leading the League in victories (26), shutouts (seven), minutes (2,524) and shots faced (1,187), ranking second in goals-against average (2.07) and third in save percentage (.927). Brodeur has moved into second place on the League's all-time victories list with 472, passing Terry Sawchuk and Ed Belfour since the start of the season, and has jumped to third on the all-time shutouts list with 87, passing Alex Connell, Tiny Thompson, Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall.

Also selected to the Eastern Conference roster were five players making their All-Star Game debut: forwards Eric Staal and Justin Williams from the Stanley Cup-champion Carolina Hurricanes, goaltender Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers and forward Jason Blake of the New York Islanders.

Others named to the Eastern Conference roster were: defensemen Brian Rafalski of the Devils, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs plus forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators, Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers.

The roster additions were selected by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, after consultation with League General Managers.

The players selected join the six players voted by the fans to the starting lineup.  Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s leading vote-getter in All-Star fan balloting, is joined by forward Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, goaltender Ryan Miller, defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Daniel Briere from the Buffalo Sabres, and defenseman Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens.

The head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars is the Sabres' Lindy Ruff, making his second career All-Star Game appearance. Ruff's assistant is Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley.

The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Dodge Nitro/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. NASN, the NHL’s exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/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.


2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR ROSTER
(statistics through games of Jan. 12, 2007)

 
2006-07 Statistics
All-Star
Appearance
GOALTENDERS
GP
W
L
OT
GAA
* Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
32
22
7
2
2.62
1st
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
42
26
13
3
2.07
9th
Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens
31
17
8
3
2.46
1st

 
2006-07 Statistics
All-Star
Appearance
DEFENSEMEN
GP
G
A
PTS
 
* Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres
44
5
21
26
 
1st
* Sheldon Souray, Montreal Canadiens
43
14
23
37
 
2nd
Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers
46
6
16
22
 
1st
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
39
8
18
26
2nd
Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs
45
8
29
37
2nd
Brian Rafalski, New Jersey Devils
44
2
27
29
2nd

 
2006-07 Statistics
All-Star
Appearance
FORWARDS
GP
G
A
PTS
 
* Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
39
21
44
65
 
1st
* Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
44
28
33
61
 
1st
* Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres
44
16
35
51
 
1st
Jason Blake, New York Islanders
43
23
18
41
1st
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers
44
20
13
33
2nd
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators
46
27
31
58
2nd
Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers
46
26
32
58
3rd
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning     
45
26
33
59
2nd
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
45
28
31
59
3rd
Brendan Shanahan, New York Rangers
45
24
22
46
8th
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
46
19
18
31
1st
Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes
46
21
20
41
1st

* voted by fans to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team’s starting lineup

Head Coach: Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
(making second All-Star Game coaching appearance, both as head coach)

Assistant Coach: Bob Hartley, Atlanta Thrashers
(making second All-Star Game coaching appearance, both as assistant)

 


 
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