Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will be on his own, so to speak, at this year's NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29. Stamkos, the league's leading scorer, was chosen as the lone Lightning player on Thursday as one of the 36 players named to participate in All-Star weekend. This is the second consecutive season in which Stamkos has been named to the All-Star team and the third time in four seasons he will participate in All-Star weekend. The 21-year-old participated in the YoungStars game in 2009 while there was no All-Star Game in 2010 due to the league's participation in the Winter Olympics. "It's an honor," Stamkos said before Thursday's game. "Last year was an unbelievable experience being my first All-Star game, and then the experience in Montreal (2009) being a rookie there. Now this being the second one, it's just as special. It's nice to go there once but you want to go there every single year, and I'm really looking forward to it." Stamkos entered Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes leading the league with 29 goals – five more than New York Rangers' winger Marian Gaborik – and is tied for fourth overall with 47 points. Stamkos has scored goals in six of the past seven games, including a hat trick against Carolina on New Year's Eve, to race into the lead in goals. This is the first time since the 2001-02 All-Star Game in which the Lightning will not have at least two players participating in the event (Nikolai Khabibulin). It will also be the first time since then that neither Marty St. Louis (alternate captain last season) nor Vinny Lecavalier (captain in 2008) were named to the All-Star Game.
Stamkos selected as Lightning's lone All-Star
Tampa Tribune | Jan 13