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Full rosters set for 54th annual NHL All-Star Game

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League announced Thursday the full rosters for the 2004 All-Star Game, which will take place at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 8.

In the East, 43-year-old , who leads the New York in goals this season, was named to his 15th All-Star Game. The future Hall-of-Famer, only the fifth player in NHL history to be named to 15 All-Star teams, is second in all-time points (1,869) and games played (1,726). At 43, only Gordie Howe (51) and Doug Harvey (44) have played in an All-Star game at an older age.

Among the nine reserve forwards, four different Eastern teams will send two players to the All-Star game this year. Washington ' snipers and will be joined by and of the Philadelphia .

Along with Washington and Philadelphia, both Ottawa and the Toronto boast a pair of All-Stars. The will ship and , while Toronto's and will skate for their coach, Pat Quinn, in this year's mid-season classic. Quinn's assistant coach is Philadelphia general Ken Hitchcock.

The goaltenders that will backup starter of the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey are of Montreal and Florida's , who will make his All-Star debut.

Other first-time All-Stars will be defensemen from the New York and of Boston, as well as the ' . Veteran blueliner , who plays for Ottawa, was also named to the team.

While the reserves were announced Thursday, the starters have been known for a couple weeks. The Eastern Conference's starting front three consist of of Atlanta and Tampa Bay's centered by the ' . The New Jersey control the back line for the East, as and will start the contest.

Starters for the West are Vancouver power forward and Dallas ' and up front. Backing them up will be a pair of All-Star staples in of Colorado and Detroit's Niklas Lidstrom.

Leading the way in reserve on defense for the West will be former Hart and Norris trophy winner of the St. Louis . He will be joined on the blue line by Los Angeles' and first-time All-Stars of the hometown and Nashville's .

Two Colorado forwards, , now an 11-time All-Star, and , will lace up the skates for the West, as will of the and Calgary captain . Veteran forward is also a member of the team for the fourth time in his career.

Four other reserve forwards for the Western side will be appearing in their first All-Star game: Columbus youngster , of Phoenix, the San Jose ' and of Detroit.

Minding the net for the West will be of the Dallas . Backup of Minnesota will be sure to get a nice hand when he enters the game. of Nashville also was named a reserve goaltender.

The coaches for the West will be Detroit's Dave Lewis and Mark Crawford of the .

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