Niedermayer and Perry Added to All-Star Game
Jan 22, 2008, 2:43 PM EST
With Pronger and Getzlaf Already Named to the Team, the Ducks Have a League-High and Franchise-Record Four Players Heading To Atlanta
The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and right wing Corey Perry have been added to the Western Conference team for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, slated for Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Niedermayer and Perry join Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf on the All-Star squad, giving the Ducks a league-high and franchise-record four players on the team.
Niedermayer, 34 (8/31/73), has 2-9=11 points in 17 games with the Ducks this year. Since returning to the NHL on Dec. 16, Niedermayer has helped lead the Ducks to a 12-3-2 record, the best mark in the NHL over that span. He recorded a season-high four-game point streak (1-5=6) from Jan. 7-15, capping the streak by tying his career high with 1-2=3 points in a 4-2 win over Dallas on Jan. 15 at Honda Center.
Perry, 22 (5/16/85), has scored 26-19=45 points with a +10 rating and 79 penalty minutes (PIM) in 51 games with the Ducks this season. He ranks tied for eighth in the NHL in goals and power play goals (11) while also leading the Ducks in both categories. The only NHL player younger than Perry with more goals is Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin (38 goals – Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin also has 26). Perry is currently on a career-high seven-game point streak (5-7=12).
Niedermayer has been named to a conference All-Star Team five times, including 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 (injured; did not play) and 2008. Perry, who was selected by Anaheim in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, will be making his first career All-Star Game appearance. Both Perry and Getzlaf are the youngest Ducks (22 years, eight months) to play in the game since Paul Kariya (22 years, three months) appeared for the Western Conference All-Star Team in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game.
The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 26 and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 27 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada. NASN and other international broadcasters will provide live coverage of both the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 115 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on XM Satellite Radio’s NHL Home Ice and NHL.com.