New York, NY – The remaining 36 players for the 2012 NHL All- Star Game were announced by the league Thursday, completing the roster for the January 29 contest in Ottawa.
For the second year in a row, teams will be decided by a fantasy player draft -- to be held January 26 -- with the captains for each squad being announced next week.
The players added Thursday join the six players elected to the game by fan balloting: Forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson of the host Senators, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Forwards selected by the league were Anaheim's Corey Perry; Boston youngster Tyler Seguin; Buffalo's Jason Pominville; Calgary captain Jarome Iginla, who recently became the 42nd player in NHL history with 500 goals; Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa; Jamie Benn of Dallas; Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk; Minnesota's Mikko Koivu; John Tavares of the New York Islanders; the Rangers' Marian Gaborik; Claude Giroux of Philadelphia; Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, Logan Couture of San Jose; Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos; Toronto's Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul; Henrik and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver; and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
The additional defensemen picked were Boston's Zdeno Chara; Florida's Brian Campbell; Ryan Suter and Shea Weber of Nashville; the Rangers' Dan Girardi; Kimmo Timonen of Philadelphia; Keith Yandle of Phoenix; Vancouver's Alex Edler; the Capitals' Dennis Wideman; and Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg.
In addition, 12 rookies were chosen to participate, along with the 42 All- Stars, in the skills competition, which will take place a day before the game. Comprising the greenhorns are Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (the top pick in the 2011 draft); Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, who was taken after Nugent- Hopkins; New Jersey's Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson; Buffalo's Luke Adam; Justin Faulk of Carolina; Columbus' Ryan Johansen; Craig Smith of the Predators; Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Matt Read; Vancouver's Cody Hodgson; and the Senators' Colin Greening.