Canes' Staal, Lidstrom named captains of NHL All-Star Game

Staff writerJanuary 18, 2011 

— Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named the two captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, set Jan. 30 at the RBC Center.

The two teams have been designated Team Staal and Team Lidstrom. The captains will select the teams at the new Fantasy Draft, Jan. 28 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

One Canes teammate, goaltender Cam Ward, will be making his first All-Star appearance.

Staal's brother, Marc, a defenseman for the New York Rangers, also has been chosen for the game.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to enjoy the experience with some great players," Staal said today at the RBC Center. "Obviously being named a captain is an honor.

"It's going to be an enjoyable time. Obviously a first time for everybody, so we'll have some fun with (the draft). Looking forward to it."

Asked if there would be any pressure to pick his brother first, Staal smiled.

"By him, yes," he said.

Staal said picking Ward would be an easier choice, saying, "There will be a lot of people in this building (at the game) who would love to see him on the same team as me. We'll try to make that happen."

Staal said he would not have a mock draft beforehand to set his strategy.

"I'm just going to wing it," he said, smiling again.

Staal said league officials called to poll him on who would make appropriate captains. He said he understood there was no formal vote but an informal poll of the all-stars.

Team Staal will wear the white uniforms and red trim. Team Lidstrom will wear the dark blue uniforms with navy blue trim.

Staal, the Canes captain, will be playing in his fourth All-Star Game and was the MVP in 2008. Lidstrom, in his 19th NHL season, is now a 12-time All-Star and the captain of the Red Wings.

Four alternate captains, two for each team, will later be selected and will assist Staal and Lidstrom in the draft choices.

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