Wild Forward Eric Staal Named All-Star

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal, left, and Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin of Sweden skate over to congratulate Jason Zucker on Zucker's goal off Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier in the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul. Photo: (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal, left, and Minnesota Wild's Jonas Brodin of Sweden skate over to congratulate Jason Zucker on Zucker's goal off Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier in the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul.

January 10, 2018 03:23 PM

Wild forward Eric Staal is among NHL All-Stars. It'll be his fifth All-Star appearance. Staal, 33, leads the Wild with 19 goals.

Winger Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy will join Lightning captain Steven Stamkos at All-Star Weekend in Tampa, Florida.
    
The league announced the full All-Star rosters on Wednesday as selected by the NHL's hockey operations department. With four players on the Atlantic Division team, host and league-leading Tampa Bay has the most representatives for the skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena.
    
Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang of the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins were added to the Metropolitan Division team that also includes Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby.
    
The surprise Vegas Golden Knights got two All-Stars: goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and winger James Neal. Reigning Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid is also on the Pacific Division roster.

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