Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa selected for All-Star Game
By Ben Meyer-Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org January 12, 2012 10:00PM
Rookie forward Andrew Shaw (right) celebrates his first-period goal Thursday against the Wild. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: February 14, 2012 10:28AM
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa were selected to play in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, the league announced Thursday. It was the third selection for
Toews and Kane and the fifth for Hossa.
‘‘Every year you get to be a part of that select group across the league, it’s a huge honor,’’ said Toews, who was excited about the All-Star Game returning to Canada for the first time since 2009. ‘‘It’s fun for me. I have a lot of family in Quebec, and it’s not too far for them to come. It’s definitely a big deal [for them]. They’ll all be excited.’’
Patrick Sharp, who had 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) before suffering a fractured left hand/wrist Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings, was a notable exclusion from the roster. Sharp was the All-Star MVP last year at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
‘‘It has to be 100 percent [about the injury], in my mind, because they’re not sure if he’ll be back in time yet,’’ Toews said of Sharp’s snub. ‘‘There’s no doubt that he should be there.’’
Former Hawks Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell also were selected to play in the game.
A hat trick is going to help any player’s confidence, but Viktor Stalberg said his three-goal effort Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn’t the ego boost it once might have been for him.
‘‘Over the season, my confidence has been growing,’’ Stalberg said. ‘‘I feel like I’ve had some real good games. Even in games I haven’t scored in, I feel like I’m more effective this year and can contribute a little more as a defensive player or getting shots and getting momentum than I did last year.’’
Stalberg said the hat trick might help his teammates trust him more in the offensive zone.
‘‘If they get a little confidence [in me], they’re going to be willing to give me the puck in those scoring areas if they know I can finish it,’’ Stalberg said.
Q gets nod
The Hawks gave away bobblehead dolls of coach Joel Quenneville to those who attended their game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.
Quenneville said he liked the look of his doll but also mentioned he thought initial version wasn’t so snappy.
‘‘I saw the first rendition, and I looked like Uncle Fester,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘This is way better.’’