Alfredsson, Chara named All-Star Game captains
Ottawa Senators Daniel Alfredsson (11) celebrates his winning overtime goal with teammates Brian Lee (5) and Filip Kuba (17) during overtime NHL hockey against the New Jersey Devils in Ottawa Monday January 2, 2012. Ottawa beat New Jersey 3-2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
TORONTO - Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins will be the captains for this year's NHL all-star game.
The pair were named to the posts Wednesday, with the honour especially significant for Alfredsson, considering the game will be played at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place on Jan. 29.
Alfredsson and Chara were selected by their fellow all-stars and as captains will set their team rosters for both the skills competition and the game at a draft Jan. 26.
The all-star squads will be designated as Team Alfredsson and Team Chara. Alfredsson's squad will wear white jerseys, helmets and socks with red trim, gloves and pants.
Chara's team will don dark blue jerseys with blue trim, helmets, gloves, pants and socks.
Alfredsson is in his 16th NHL season, all with Ottawa. The 39-year-old Swede will make his sixth career all-star appearance.
The 34-year-old Chara is the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champions, but spent four seasons with Ottawa before signing with the Bruins. The towering six-foot-nine, 255-pound Slovakian will also make his sixth all-star appearance.
Each team will have one assistant captain.