Season 5 All-Star squads named

The Belfast Giants have had six players including three defensemen voted to the Season 5 All-Star Game, while Lisbon and Paris will each have 5 representatives playing in Helsinki. The host team placed two players on the Northern Conference team. The game will be played Sunday afternoon outdoors, and the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a temperatures around 66 degrees farenheit, 19 degrees celsius.

The defending Cup champions will be represented by defensemen Justin Faulk, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and P.K. Subban, as well as goalie Jonathan Quick and forwards Alexander Ovechkin and James Neal.

The league’s two top scorers, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares will play on the Southern Conference team with linemate Zach Parise, who has been named captain of the team by coach Glen Hanlon.

Northern coach Kari Jalonen named Eric Staal captain of his team.

Shea Weber has been elected to his fifth straight all-star game representing four different franchises. He was an Oslo Outlaw during the first two all-star games, a London Don during Season 3, a Copenhagen Trident last year and this year he is a member of Lisbon HC.

Here is the all-star roster. Seven players were added to the teams because GMs did not vote in anyone from seven teams. They are denoted with asterisks.

Northern Conference All-Star Team

Goalies: Martin Jones, London; Jonathan Quick, Belfast; Henrik Lundqvist, Helsinki

Defense: Brent Burns, St. Petersburg; Ryan Suter, Moscow; John Carlson, Gothenburg; Duncan Keith, Moscow; Justin Faulk, Belfast; Michael Del Zotto, Minsk;  Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Belfast; P.K. Subban, Belfast; Keith Yandle, Dublin*

Left Wing: Alexander Ovechkin, Belfast; Jamie Benn, Edinburgh; Bobby Ryan, Stockholm; Thomas Vanek, Helsinki;

Center: Claude Giroux, Edinburgh; Anze Kopitar, Moscow; Eric Staal, Gothenburg;  Mikhail Grabovski, Oslo*, Stephen Weiss, Copenhagen*

Right Wing: Blake Wheeler, Moscow; James Neal, Belfast; Rick Nash, Edinburgh; Patrick Kane, Minsk

Team Captain: Eric Staal

Southern Conference All-Star Team

Goalies: Jimmy Howard, Berlin; Frederic Andersen, Geneva; Tuukka Rask, Paris

Defense: Alex Pietrangelo, Paris; Shea Weber, Lisbon; Dustin Byfuglien, Athens; Drew Doughty, Lisbon;  Tyler Myers, Bratislava; Kris Letang, Paris; Tobias Enstrom, Bern; Erik Karlsson, Madrid; Luca Sbisa, Milan*

Left Wing: Zach Parise, Lisbon; Loui Eriksson, Berlin; Gabriel Landeskog, Madrid; Alexander Semin, Paris; Patrik Elias, Munich*

Center: Ryan O’Reilly, Athens;  John Tavares, Lisbon; Evgeny Malkin, Paris; Jonathan Toews, Bratislava; Patrice Bergeron, Zurich*

Right Wing: Steven Stamkos, Lisbon; T.J. Oshie, Athens; Jason Pominville, Athens; Ryan Callahan, Berlin; Martin Ruzicka, Prague*

Team Captain: Zach Parise

Raw vote totals will be published at a later date.

The annual Skills competition will be held Saturday evening.

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