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Sharp, Kane added to All-Star team
Jonathan Toews said it best.
“If they are smart, there is no way they should have an All-Star Game without a guy like Patrick Sharp,” the Hawks captain said.
On Tuesday, the NHL was smart and made Sharp, who has scored 25 goals this season, an All-Star. Sharp and Patrick Kane were among 36 players named to the All-Star team by the league.
Sharp and Kane join Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith, who were voted in by the fans, as the Hawks’ representatives for the game, which is Jan. 30 in Raleigh. Coach Joel Quenneville and assistant Mike Haviland will coach one of the teams.
“It’s very deserving,” Quenneville said. “Sharp has had a great season to date. It’s good to see him get to go and Kane go as well. We’re going to be well represented that weekend. It should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the draft. I’m sure the players are too.”
The players fantasy draft is one of the changes made to the All-Star format. The 42 All-Stars will vote for captains, who will then pick the teams on Jan. 28.
“I’ll have to see the list first. I’m not really sure who’s on the list for the All-Star game,” Kane said. “I’ll tell you one guy who won’t be getting my vote is Jonathan Toews for captain that’s for sure. It will be nice to play against him for once and go up head-to-head.”
Sharp couldn’t help but laugh when told of Kane’s comments.
“[Penguins star Sidney] Crosby has to be one of the captains,” Sharp said. “He’s the best player in the game right now. I wouldn’t mind seeing our captain one of them. Hopefully, he drafts me pretty early. I don’t think Kaner is going to be captain. So we don’t have to worry about that.”