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Blackhawks, Canucks Lead Remaining NHL All-Stars

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Alexander Edler #23, Henrik Sedin #33, Ryan Kesler #17, Daniel Sedin #22 and Christian Ehrhoff #5 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a goal during their game at Rogers Arena on January 8, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alexander Edler #23, Henrik Sedin #33, Ryan Kesler #17, Daniel Sedin #22 and Christian Ehrhoff #5 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate a goal during their game at Rogers Arena on January 8, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NY (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks, the team out West posing the biggest threat to their repeat chances, both had multiple players added to the NHL All-Star game roster.The NHL announced Tuesday the remaining 36 players and 12 rookies chosen by the league’s hockey operations department to take part in this month’s All-Star festivities that include the traditional game and skills competitions.

Chicago already had significant representation as forward Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith were among six players voted in by fans, along with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Canucks, who own the NHL’s best record, are sending Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler – their three leading scorers – to Raleigh for the midseason classic.

They likely won’t all be teammates this time, however. Instead of pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences against each other, two captains will be picked and will then “draft” two teams to face off.

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks, the team out West posing the biggest threat to their repeat chances, both had three players added to the NHL All-Star game roster.

The NHL announced Tuesday the remaining 36 players and 12 rookies chosen by the league’s hockey operations department to take part in this month’s All-Star festivities that include the traditional game and skills competitions.

Chicago already had significant representation as forward Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith were among six players voted in by fans, along with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Canucks, who own the NHL’s best record, are sending Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler – their three leading scorers – to Raleigh for the midseason classic.

They likely won’t all be teammates this time, however. Instead of pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences against each other, two captains will be picked and will then “draft” two teams to face off.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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