Season 1 All-Stars named

Without further adieu (the adieu comes at the end of  this story), here are your Season 1 EURO League All-Stars:

Northern Conference Starters

Goalie – Roberto Luongo, Copenhagen

Defense – Kevin Shattenkirk, Copenhagen

Defense – Shea Weber, Oslo

LW – Erik Cole, St. Petersburg

C – Brad Richards, St. Petersburg

RW – Blake Wheeler, St. Petersburg

The rest of the team:

Goalies – Pekka Rinne, SP; Cory Schneider, Belfast;

Defense – Filip Kuba, Moscow; Ryan Suter, Oslo; Keith Yandle, Dublin; Stephane Robidas, Gothenburg; Dan Girardi, Goth.; Ryan McDonagh, Minsk;

LW – Loui Eriksson, Stockholm; Alex Burrows, Oslo; Carl Hagelin, Goth.; Jamie Benn, Edinburgh*

C – Ryan Kesler, Dublin; Eric Staal, Stock.; Mikhail Grabovski, Oslo; David Legwand, SP**; Jeff Skinner, London*;

RW – Daniel Alfredsson, SP; Jordan Eberle, Goth.; Martin St. Louis, Helsinki

Coach – Viktor Tikhonov

Southern Conference Starters

Goalie – Mike Smith, Bern

Defense – Erik Karlsson, Madrid

Defense –  Zdeno Chara, Bratislava

LW – Zach Parise, Prague

C – Jason Spezza, Bern

RW – Brian Gionta, Madrid

The rest of the team:

Goalies – Craig Anderson, Brats.; Kari Lehtonen, Geneva;

Defense – Brent Seabrook, Bern; Niclas Kronwall, Prague; Alex Pietrangelo, Paris; Nicklas Lidstrom, Geneva; Dennis Wideman, Geneva; Josh Gorges, Frankfurt;

LW – Ilya Kovalchuk, Zurich; Ray Whitney, Bern; Patrik Elias, Munich;

C – Joe Thornton, Munich; Jonathan Toews, Brats.; Steven Stamkos, Frank.; Logan Couture, Berlin*

RW – Claude Giroux, Frank.; Jason Pominville, Prague; Corey Perry, Paris; Dustin Brown, Milan*; T.J. Oshie, Athens*

Coach – Uwe Krupp

*Player added to give team at least one representative

**Player added to even out teams; had most votes among the players in that conference who did not make the original team

Commissioner’s notes:

  • I unilaterally decided to add players from five teams that weren’t represented. No one who originally made the team was supplanted.
  • St. Petersburg led all teams in all-star representatives with 6, including the entire starting forward line for the Northern Conference. Bern, Gothenburg and Oslo each had 4 representatives. Among  the EURO League divisions, the Kharlamov Division had the most representatives with 15.
  • The player with the most votes who will not be playing in the all-star game is Finnish legend Teemu Selanne, whose 11 votes weren’t good enough to knock out either Jason Pominville or Corey Perry. Right behind Selanne was Marian Gaborik with 10 votes. Both Selanne and Gaborik are right wingers for Geneva.

The raw vote totals:

Goalie: 13 teams voted; NORTH – Luongo 56 points, Rinne 35, Schneider 8, Lundquist 7, Fleury 7, Brodeur 3, Howard 1  SOUTH – Smith 49, Anderson 37, Lehtonen 27, Vokoun 3, Quick 2, Miller 1

Defense: 12 teams voted; NORTH – Shattenkirk 68, Weber 63, Kuba 39, Suter 16, Yandle 10, Robidas 10, Girardi 5, McDonagh 3, Bieksa 1, Gardiner 1  SOUTH – Karlsson 51, Chara 44, Seabrook 41, Kronwall 38, Pietrangelo 15, Wideman 9, Lidstrom 9, Gorges 5, Brewer 2, Boyle 2

LW: 10 teams voted; NORTH –  Cole 36, Eriksson 27, Burrows 12, Hagelin 5, Ryan 4, Benn 3, Ovechkin 2, Ladd 1  SOUTH – Parise 41, Kovalchuk 17, Whitney 17, Elias 5, Landeskog 1

C: 10 teams voted; NORTH – B Richards 40, Kesler 15, E Staal 14, Grabovski 7, Legwand 5, Datsyuk 4, Skinner 2, Lecavalier 2, Weiss 1 SOUTH – Spezza 33, Thornton 22, Toews 15, Stamkos 10, Pavelski 8, Getzlaf 1, Couture 1

RW: 11 teams voted; NORTH –  Wheeler 37, Alfredsson 29, Eberle 23, St. Louis 7, Doan 2, Grabner 1 SOUTH – Gionta 25, Giroux 22, Pominville 13, Perry 13, Selanne 11, Gaborik 10, Brown 5, Oshie 4, Carter 1, Parenteau 1

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