We are heading into the final days. Tomorrow is the All Star Draft. Alternate captains have already been chosen, tomorrow the rest of the teams are created.
Team Lidstrom currently has added Alternate Captains:
He was nominated Rookie of the month his first month in the NHL in 2007, finished his rookie year with 72 points and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy for his Rookie season. The following season he racked up 70 points in the regular season, helping take the Blackhawks to the playoffs in which Kane would score his first hat trick of his NHL career against the Vancouver Canucks. On June 9, 2010, Patrick Kane became Chicago’s forever love when he scored the overtime goal to win the 2010 Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Martin St. Louis – #26 Right Wing – Tampa Bay Lightning
Starting back in college, St. Louis played on the same team as Boston Bruins currently ranking 1st in the NHL goalie Tim Thomas and future teammate Eric Perrin. He was a NCAA All-Star and 3 time Hobey Baker Award finalist for college player of the year. He began his NHL career with the Calgary Flames, but obviously, this was not the team for him. He soon was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning where all of his NHL career has been made to date. Though he had a shortened season in the 2001-2002 season with a broken leg, he rebounded quickly. By the 2003-2004 season, he led the NHL with 94 points. He scored an overtime goal in the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals helping Tampa Bay defeat none other than, the Calgary Flames for the Stanley Cup. He walked away with both the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player to his team and the Lester B. Pearson Award as League MVP
In 2006-2007 St. Louis recorded his personal high of 102 points (43 goals, 59 assists), was awarded Alternate captain for the following season and by the end of the 2008-2009 season he led Tampa Bay in goals, assists, points, games played and shorthanded goals. In 2009-2010 he was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy
Team Staal currently has added Alternate Captains:
Mike Green – #52 Defense Washington Capitals
Nickname “Game Over” – for routine 3rd period/ overtime game winning goals. In his first ever NHL playoff game, in 2008, Green, known for his very powerful and heavy shot, took a slapshot that was blocked by Patrick Thoresen. The shot broke Thoresen’s cup nearly rupturing his testicle and being taken to the hospital. After the game, Green took the time to call and check in on Thoresen. Just a few days later, Green scored his first Gordie Howe Hat Trick. In 2008-2009, the season began with a series of injuries for Green, however, upon his return he received back-to-back NHL Third Star of the week. He then followed that up with setting the NHL record for the most consecutive games with a goal by a defenseman and soon became the 8th defensemen of all time to score 30 goals in one season. He has been nominated twice for the Norris Trophy.
Ryan Kesler #17 Center – Vancouver Canucks
Ryan has played his entire NHL career to date with the Vancouver Canucks and is currently Alternate Captain.
In 2008-2009 Kesler was awarded the Cyclone Taylor Award as team MVP and was 2nd runner up as a Selke Trophy finalist. Kesler completed 2009-2010 season with a career high 75 points. His 26 power play points put him second next to future Captain, Henrik Sedin. 2 months into the 2010-2011 season, Ryan Kesler recorded his 100th NHL goal on November 24 and just a few weeks later recorded his first NHL Hat trick on December 15. Within one month, he had scored his second NHL career hat trick.
Ryan Kesler is one of 3 Vancouver Canucks invited to the All Star game. As alternate captain for Team Staal, I am certain he will do whatever he can to ensure the Sedins maintain their trend of never playing on opposite teams.
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