Devils’ Brodeur heads picks for NHL All-Star game


NEW YORK (AP) – Martin Brodeur is headed back to the NHL All-Star game. Banged-up forwards Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla are not.

Brodeur, taking aim at many career goaltending records, was one of 30 players selected Saturday for hockey’s midseason classic to be held this month in Dallas. The backbone of New Jersey’s defense for more than a decade, Brodeur is an All-Star for the ninth time.

If he leads the Eastern Conference to victory on Jan. 24, Brodeur would match Glenn Hall’s All-Star record of four wins. He has a 3-1 career record and is fourth among goalies in appearances, trailing Hall (13), and Terry Sawchuk and Patrick Roy, who each made 11.

Brodeur shows no sign of slowing down at 34. In 42 games this season, his 14th in the NHL, Brodeur has posted a league-high 26 victories and seven shutouts. His 2.07 goals-against average ranks second to Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, who was left off the West roster.

Ryan Miller, one of three Buffalo Sabres elected to the East squad, will start in goal. Montreal’s Cristobal Huet will make his All-Star debut as Miller’s other backup.

Joining starters Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Buffalo’s Daniel Briere up front for the East are first-timers Jason Blake of the New York Islanders and Eric Staal and Justin Williams from the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne, Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers, Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa’s Dany Heatley fill out the East’s forward lines.

Heatley earned All-Star MVP honors in 2003 when he scored a record-tying four goals in the East’s 6-5 loss.

Because of the lockout in 2005 and the NHL’s participation in the Turin Olympics last season, the league is staging its first All-Star game in three years.

Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester will make his All-Star debut for the East and will be joined on defense by Brian Rafalski of the Devils, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo’s Brian Campbell and Sheldon Souray of Montreal will start.

Right wing Teemu Selanne, the top scorer on the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, will be making his 10th All-Star appearance – second among Western Conference players to starter Joe Sakic’s 12. Selanne earned the MVP award in the 1998 game when he became the first European player to register a hat trick.

Selanne is putting together a comeback season of sorts in his 14th year in the NHL. He has posted 28 goals and 29 assists in 46 games, and had a league-leading 15 power-play goals and seven game-winners.

Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and defenseman Dion Phaneuf of the Calgary Flames, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky of the Los Angeles Kings, and forwards Martin Havlat of the Chicago Blackhawks, Yanic Perreault of the Phoenix Coyotes, Brian Rolston of the Minnesota Wild, Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings are set to make their All-Star debuts.

Joining Kiprusoff and starter Roberto Luongo in the West’s goaltending trio is Marty Turco of the host Dallas Stars. Turco will making his third All-Star appearance while teammate Philippe Boucher is a first-time choice on defense.

The remaining selections are: defenseman Kimmo Timonen of the Nashville Predators and forwards Bill Guerin of the St. Louis Blues, Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks and Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sakic of Colorado will start up front on a line with San Jose forwards Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo. Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit were voted in on defense.

Lindy Ruff, of the East-leading Sabres, will be behind one bench. Anaheim’s Randy Carlyle coaches the West squad.

The rosters for the YoungStars game to be played Jan. 23, as part of skills night, also were announced Saturday.

Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin and 19-year-old center Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings headline the 22 players selected. Boston rookie Phil Kessel, who recently returned following surgery to treat testicular cancer, also was chosen.

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