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Kovalev, Thornton named All-Star team captains

The Sports Network

1/22/2009 12:38:36 PM

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei Kovalev and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton have been selected as captains for their respective squads at the NHL All-Star Game.

Kovalev will captain the Eastern Conference in his home arena for Sunday's All-Star Game at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He was chosen as a starter in fan balloting and is making his third All-Star Game appearance.

Thornton, seventh in the NHL with 55 points, will captain the Western Conference on Sunday. He was picked as a reserve for this year's squad and will play in his sixth consecutive All-Star Game.