NHL picks Lindstrom and Staal as All-Star Captains

Tuesday was the day when hockey fans found out who the two captains will be for the upcoming NHL All-Star Game in North Carolina. Prior to Tuesday’s announcement the biggest question was whether Sidney Crosby would be well enough to be named captain and whether or not power forward Eric Staal, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, would be named. Other names being thrown about among fans and media alike were Washington Capitals’ power forward, Alex Ovechkin, and last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy, winner Jonathan Toews. The two who ended up to be selected were Detroit Red Wings’ veteran defenceman and future hall of famer, Nicklas Lindstrom, who has 42 points this year, and Staal who has 46 points. The decision was made based on voting among the 42 man all- star participants who voted on who should be captain. Two days before the game both Staal and Lindstrom will be picking their teams, in what will be a live 18 round televised draft. Both teams will end up with 12 forwards, six defenceman and three goalies. Staal, who is a former Hurricanes’ first round pick, is also the Hurricanes present day captain and a key member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup Championship team. Meanwhile, Lindstrom has spent 19 years with the Red Wings and took over as team captain in 2006/07; after Steve Yzerman retired. A huge twist heading into the draft is whether or not Eric Staal will pick his younger brother Marc, who plays for the New York Rangers.

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