Ward Selected First Overall at All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

HURRICANES' WARD SELECTED FIRST OVERALL AT NHL ALL-STAR PLAYER FANTASY DRAFT POWERED BY CISCO

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 28, 2011) -- Goaltender Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes was the first overall selection at the augural NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, conducted from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The National Hockey League, working in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players' Association, created tonight's player draft to determine the team rosters for Team Staal and Team Lidstrom for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills®.

The selectors for Team Staal -- captain Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and alternate captains Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks -- won a coin toss to select first overall prior to the event and nabbed Ward, who teamed with Staal to capture the 2006 Stanley Cup for the hometown Hurricanes.

The Team Lidstrom executive -- captain Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and alternate captains Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning -- chose Steven Stamkos of the Lightning as their first choice and the second overall pick. Stamkos leads all NHL players in goals (38) and points (67).

The teams alternated drafting the remaining All-Stars through 18 rounds. Each team consists of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards.

The last player selected was Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. The NHL Foundation and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund each will donate $10,000 on behalf of Kessel to the grassroots hockey program of his choice.

In addition, the 12 rookies participating in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® were divided into two groups of six and assigned to each All-Star Team.

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover marks he first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda NHL SuperSkills at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Fans in Raleigh are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30.

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ROSTERS FOR 2011 NHL ALL-STAR GAME

TEAM ERIC STAAL

# P  Goalie Team   GP W L OT Pick #  
30 Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers   40 21 16 3 11  
30 Cam Ward Carolina   43 22 15 5 1  
31 Carey Price Montreal   45 24 16 5 19  
P   Player Team   GP G A PTS Pick #  
8 Alex Ovechkin Washington   51 19 32 51 3  
10 Corey Perry Anaheim   52 25 26 51 29  
10 Patrick Sharp Chicago   49 26 20 46 15  
12 Eric Staal        'C' Carolina   50 25 27 52 N/A  
17 Ryan Kesler    'A' Vancouver   50 27 20 47 N/A  
18 Marc Staal NY Rangers   52 6 13 19 13  
22 D   Dan  Boyle San Jose   50 5 27 32 17  
22 Daniel Sedin Vancouver   50 27 37 64 5  
26 Patrik Elias New Jersey   48 13 24 37 31  
26 Paul Stastny Colorado   48 17 26 43 35  
28 Claude Giroux Philadelphia   50 19 28 47 25  
33 Zdeno Chara Boston   50 10 16 26 7  
42 R   David  Backes St. Louis   49 16 21 37 33  
52 Mike Green     'A' Washington   44 8 14 22 N/A  
53 Jeff Skinner Carolina   50 18 22 40 21  
58 Kris Letang Pittsburgh   50 7 34 41 23  
61 Rick Nash Columbus   48 23 20 43 9  
65 Erik Karlsson Ottawa   48 8 20 28 27  

Coaches: Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Mike Haviland (Chicago)

TEAM NICKLAS LIDSTROM

# P Goalie Team   GP W L OT Pick #
1 Jonas Hiller Anaheim   46 25 16 3 20
29 Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh   38 23 11 2 18
30 Tim Thomas Boston   36 24 5 6 10
# P Player Team   GP G A PTS Pick #
2 Duncan Keith Chicago   50 3 25 28 4
3 Keith Yandle Phoenix   51 8 36 44 24
5 Nicklas Lidstrom  'C' Detroit   49 11 31 42 N/A
6 Shea Weber Nashville   50 9 21 30 8
8 Brent Burns Minnesota   47 14 17 31 26
9 Matt Duchene Colorado   50 20 25 45 32
11 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles   50 16 33 49 30
19 Jonathan Toews Chicago   48 17 23 40 16
21 Loui Eriksson Dallas   49 17 32 49 34
24 Martin Havlat Minnesota   49 14 30 44 28
26 Martin St. Louis    'A' Tampa Bay   51 20 40 60 N/A
33 Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta   52 16 25 41 14
33 Henrik Sedin Vancouver   50 11 50 61 6
48 Danny Briere Philadelphia   47 26 19 45 12
81 Phil Kessel Toronto   49 19 15 34 36
88 Patrick Kane        'A' Chicago   41 13 24 37 N/A
91 Brad Richards Dallas   50 20 37 57 22
91 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay   51 38 29 67 2

Coaches: Peter Laviolette (Philadelphia), Alain Vigneault (Vancouver)

TEAM STAAL ROOKIES

#. P Rookie Team   GP G A PTS
4 D Jamie McBain Carolina   50 3 14 17
19 C Tyler Seguin Boston   48 7 9 16
39 C Logan Couture San Jose   49 22 11 33
40 R Michael Grabner NY Islanders   45 15 6 21
63 L Tyler Ennis Buffalo   49 12 16 28
75 D P.K. Subban Montreal   45 5 14 19

TEAM LIDSTROM ROOKIES

#. P Rookie Team   GP G A PTS
4 L Taylor Hall Edmonton   49 16 15 31
4 D Cam Fowler Anaheim   46 5 21 26
8 D Kevin Shattenkirk Colorado   38 7 19 26
21 C Derek Stepan NY Rangers   52 14 16 30
23 R Evgeny Dadonov Florida   23 4 7 11
69 D O. Ekman-Larsson Phoenix   35 1 9 10
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