Jason Pominville's usual routine during All-Star Weekend is to get away from hockey. The Sabres' captain might tune into the game or the skills competition while flipping channels, but he prefers to use the break as a time to refresh himself for the final months of the season.

Not this year.

The NHL has selected Pominville to play in this month's All-Star Game in Ottawa, while Luke Adam got the call as an All-Star Rookie on Thursday. Both players will participate in the skills competition Jan. 28, while only Pominville will play in the game Jan. 29.

"It's a pretty cool opportunity," Pominville said. "It should be a fun weekend. I'm obviously excited. I've been used to having a little bit of a break, but I guess this year will be a little different."

Pominville entered Thursday night's games tied for 10th in scoring with 43 points, including 29 assists. Adam was tied for fourth among rookies with 10 goals and ranked eighth with 20 points.

"That's pretty neat," Adam said of the selection. "To play in the NHL and then to be able to go and meet those guys and be in the skills competition, it's a lot of fun. It's an honor."

Left wing Thomas Vanek, who ranked 10th in goals (19) and was tied for 18th in points (40), was not selected.

"It doesn't matter," he said before the team was announced. "The people who know me, that's not why I play the game. I'll take the five days off."

That was normally Pominville's theory, too.

"I usually get a chance to see parts of it depending on what we've got going on, but I usually try to just relax and stay away from hockey," he said. "But it's definitely an event that I enjoy watching. It'll be pretty cool to be there and to participate in whatever I have to."