Canucks' Luongo to skip All-Star Game Staff

1/9/2008 3:17:59 PM

With travel demands and his wife expecting a baby, the Vancouver Canucks have allowed netminder Roberto Luongo to skip the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 and miss the team's first game back after the break.

Luongo's wife Gina is expecting their first child later in the spring and the couple plans to spend their time off at their offseason home in Fort Lauderdale.

Luongo was voted by fans on Tuesday to be the Western Conference starting goaltender. With 263,221 votes, he was selected as a starter for the second consecutive time. He has a 20-12-3 record with a 1.96 goals against average - second-best behind Detroit's Chris Osgood (1.68).

Pascal Leclaire of Columbus was a distant second with 180,381 votes.
The team's first game after the All-Star break will be a home date with the Dallas Stars on Jan. 29.