Ducks' Corey Perry and Jonas Hiller and Kings' Anze Kopitar named NHL all-stars
They were selected by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department to join six previously announced participants -- Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury and Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, all of whom were voted in by fans -- in the Honda NHL SuperSkills event on Jan. 29 and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and Honda NHL SuperSkills event on Jan. 30, both at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Perry is sixth in the league with 21 goals and tied for ninth with 45 points. In his sixth NHL season, all with the Ducks, he is on pace to break his previous best marks of 32 goals in 2008-09 and 76 points in 2009-10.
First-time all-star Hiller currently has a 154:50 shutout streak, with the league's third-best save percentage (.929) while facing the most shots (1,245).
Kopitar is sixth in the league with 30 assists and tied for ninth with 45 points. In his fifth season in the NHL and with the Kings, he too could break his previous season bests of 47 assists and 81 points from last year.
Fowler has three goals and 18 assists in 39 games.
Each all-star team will be made up of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards, with one captain and two alternate captains to be chosen by the players and announced next week. The captains and alternates will then put together their teams from the rest of the all-star pool in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Jan. 28.
See the complete list of All Stars and rookie participants here.
-- Chuck Schilken
Top photo: Corey Perry. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire
Middle photo: Jonas Hiller. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press
Bottom photo: Anze Kopitar. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire